The Home Alone franchise is one of the most famous icons in the Christmas movie genre. The main character Kevin McCallister captured hearts both young and old by outsmarting goons with simple, yet highly effective tricks. However, the movies have a lot more to offer you as a parent than just a good laugh and a way to distract your kids as you prepare Christmas dinner.
There is a lot you can learn about home safety and burglary trends from the comical antics of this seven-year-old genius. Here are a few of the lessons that you probably missed and how you can use what you learn to protect your home this Christmas.
Lessons from Home Alone Movie
1. Empty Homes Attract Burglars Like Bees to Honey
A study by Aviva Insurance Company showed that Christmas is one of the most likely holidays for a house to be robbed as most homeowners are away. Robbers visit empty homes because there are lower chances of confrontation. They have all the time they need to snoop around and find whatever it is they think is valuable. This means that homes are the most vulnerable during the holidays which is when most families travel. If you are planning to go somewhere this Christmas, you may want to take a few measures to protect your home. One of the best ways is by hiring a house sitter or renting it out on Airbnb. That way your home is never really empty and no robbers will be interested in approaching is. Technology can help you to keep an eye on your house meanwhile you are out. Consider the latest option on surveillance camera hardware, not only for your house but also for your business.
2. Taking Care of an Empty Home is not Rocket Science
If a kid can do it, how hard can it be? In the event that you cannot find someone to take care of your empty home, you will need to get creative too. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make your home unattractive to burglars. One way is by installing timed lights. These come on at specific times of the day giving the illusion that there is actually someone home. You should also get a neighbor to collect your mail and find someone to keep the yard trimmed so that it is not painfully obvious that you are not home.
3. Kids Tend to Get Lost a Lot During This Season
Losing kids at airports or crowded areas is very common during. Every day, 1000 children are lost for 60 minutes or more in places like carnivals, malls and airports. You are distracted, hauling tons of luggage, and trying hard not to miss your plane all at the same time. It really isn’t so hard to understand why this happens. Before traveling make sure you know how to keep your kid safe when traveling and if your children are old enough, you should teach them what to do in this type of situations.
However, after you notice your kid is lost you probably should pull a Mrs. McCallister and just go on your merry way. One of the most important things to do is to alert airport authorities. Most of the times they can broadcast announcements over the PA system to help you find your child. If this and a physical search of the grounds do not work, then you will have to cancel your trip or at least postpone it until you can find the most precious of your cargo.
4. Kids are Smarter Than They Get Credit For
When you first watched the movie Home Alone, you probably thought it was funny but completely unrealistic. How can a child that young not just outsmart, but overpower multiple adults? First of all, there is the fact that those perps were dumber than several boxes of rocks. Then there is the often-overlooked intelligence that very many children possess.
Sure, there might have been a bit of an exaggeration in the movies, but kids can be very resourceful. Resources kids can use if they feel unsafe include phone tracking apps to call for help, asking nearby adults for assistance, and of course their powerful lungs. So do not panic if you discover that your kid is lost. They are probably doing as much to find you as you are to find them.
5. Kids React in Different Ways When They Panic
Something else to learn from movies is that kids do not all react the same when things go wrong. What kids can do if they feel lost depends a lot on how you raised them and how well they are prepared for such events. Some will break out into tears, throw tantrums or even run around frantically looking for help. Others are calm, although they are often pretty shaken up too.
The best reaction of course would be to keep calm and try to reach out to you. If they have a phone on them this becomes way easier. However, if they don’t you need to teach them who they can trust. This means police, guards or employees in uniform. Prepare them in advance and it will definitely make life easier for them.
6. Traveling in Large Groups is a Headache
A large family Christmas may sound perfect, but it is often very challenging. It gets even worse if you are planning on traveling together. In order to avoid turning into the real-life version of the Home Alone family, you need to be adequately prepared. You should also consider allocating the responsibility of keeping an eye out for the little ones to someone. Finally, a roll call is also a great idea to ensure that no one gets left behind.
7. You Cannot Afford to Assume That Someone Else Will Watch Your Kids
Even after delegating the task of watching your kids, you should always make sure to throw an eye their way every now and then. This should, of course, come as a natural instinct whether you are a first-time parent or an old timer. This will give you peace of mind like you cannot even imagine as you travel, go shopping or even host a Christmas party.
It is very easy to ignore all the risks hiding behind the shiny string lights and Christmas figurines. However, the bitter truth is that there are very many people out there just waiting to take advantage of your absence or distraction during the holidays. This is what makes the lessons learned from Home Alone so valuable. So, the next time you watch any of these movies you should probably grab a pen and paper and take some notes. That way you can also outsmart anyone who tries to ruin your holiday.