r/LifeProTips Aug 24 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 3

LPT- Write your phone number on side of your child's sole. Traveling

If your kid gets lost in public space they can go to any adult they find and they can call you right away. If child gets lost it's intense situation for them, most likely they will forget phone number that you have teached them in flood of emotions.

Helped friend of mine in big shopping center.

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u/Emotional_Giraffe_63 Aug 24 '22 edited Aug 24 '22 Helpful Faith In Humanity Restored Eureka!

I have my son punch in my phone number for shoppers rewards each time we go to the store. Has done it since he was 4!

Edit to expound: phone number is 10 digits.

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u/BoundinBob Aug 24 '22 Bravo!

Mine is my kids ipad password, he had it memorised in a couple of days

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u/Seaboats Aug 24 '22

That’s actually a really good idea too. There’s no way they’ll forget it that way!

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u/mr_bnana Aug 24 '22

That’s has been a posted as a lpta few times. Really the best act. Tho because the iPad and phone layout is the same so it’s by feel and shape rather then numbers so it can be tricky if the phone doesn’t have the same layout as the iPad passcode screen

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u/PineappleVodka Aug 24 '22

I lent my iPad to a friend and he asked for the code, I didn’t know the numbers, only the sequence, same thing with my debit card, it’s mostly muscle memory at this point.

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u/mr_bnana Aug 24 '22

Ya. I try not to remember numbers by muscle memory as it can be annoying at times. But it’s just so much easier then remembering numbers

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u/spkn89 Aug 24 '22

I imagine it’s mostly built into muscle memory..

Security person: « what is your parent’s number? »

Your child: « I don’t know, can I have an ipad? »

Security person: « kiddo, there are more important things right now than playing on an ipad »

Your child: « I’m serious, I’ll be able to find their number if I can have an iPad »

Security: « kids these days. I would’ve been happy with a marble or a lollipop, now they need iPads to even collaborate in finding their parents »

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u/kinetic-passion Aug 24 '22

When I was in kindergarten, our password for the computer lab was our social security number. (Student ID numbers weren't a thing until I was in middle school. Idk if identity theft wasn't rampant or people just weren't guarding that info but yeah.)

That's the only reason I know it by heart. Most people don't have theirs memorized afaik.

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u/sapphirekiera Aug 24 '22

My dad had my brother and I's socials written on this big paper he had on the back of his office door for awhile with other important stuff. He would have us practice saying it over and over lol I had mine memorized at 7

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u/Intelligent_Radish15 Aug 24 '22 edited Aug 24 '22

This is the answer.

Edit: I’m 30. Haven’t lived with parents since I was 18. I still use my parents Kroger rewards card number. A landline phone number that hasn’t existed in a decade.

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u/bengalese Aug 24 '22

There's always xxx-867-5309 if you don't have a number registered at the store you're shopping at.

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u/vkapadia Aug 24 '22

Tommy Tutone had no idea his song would be a big help for privacy.

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u/BlamingBuddha Aug 24 '22

I'm actually trying this next time I go shopping and see if it works lol

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u/AndIWontTellEmUrLame Aug 24 '22

It's never NOT worked for me. Pick an area code that is in the service area for the store and you're good to go!

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u/Puddin370 Aug 24 '22

I wonder if xxx-777-9311 will work.

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u/DubsNC Aug 24 '22

This is the way.

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u/cmerksmirk Aug 24 '22

This is BRILLIANT oh my gosh. I’m always trying to stop kiddo from touching buttons but instead I can give him a job!!!! Fantastic tip.

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u/OneBeautifulDog Aug 24 '22

My mother would ask me to get this or that in the supermarket, and then taught me how to pick out produce, and pay at the register. By the time I was seven, I was doing the grocery shopping and my mother was waiting in the car for me.

I remember some cashier asked me where my mother was and some woman asked me how I pick out produce.

To this day I see adults who don't know how to pick out produce, how to decide on prices, how to buy quality foods, make out a menu plan, know when to shop for food, what foods to make, and what foods to buy, what foods you can buy easily where.

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u/Same-Letter6378 Aug 24 '22

Don't you think it's a little late by age 24?

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u/_IMNOTTHEFBI_ Aug 24 '22

Oh this is so good! Thanks for sharing, I'm going to start this with my preschooler.

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u/Desiman4u Aug 24 '22

This is a brilliant idea.

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u/kittyvonsquillion Aug 24 '22

Similar, I taught mine to my son in the tune of the ABCs.

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u/BoopsForTheSoul Aug 24 '22

Very clever!

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u/breadman242a Aug 24 '22

Since he was 24?

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u/Popcorn57252 Aug 24 '22

I think having your son start at age 24 is a bit late...

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u/[deleted] Aug 24 '22

This is what I clicked for

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u/AlShapone Aug 24 '22

Confound your lousy toll, troll!

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u/LowInterestLoan Aug 24 '22

Hahahahahaha

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u/GAIAPrime Aug 24 '22

If you don't pays no tolls, then we don'ts get no souls

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u/IranianOyibo Aug 24 '22

Didn’t your mole used to be on the other side?

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u/Mulete Aug 24 '22

As someone who has been deeply grieved by the mole people I don’t find your comment amusing

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u/Mulete Aug 24 '22

Yes I know what you’re quoting and it’s terribly insensitive. The mole people have been dominating and enslaving my kind for generations. They reign by tyranny and fear. thousands of my brothers are being slaughtered daily. When people make frivolous comments like this they don’t realize the detrimental impact it has on our moral. We cannot sustain further weakened defenses. Send help

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u/IranianOyibo Aug 24 '22

The Legiones Astartes are en route. Hold fast, Guardsman. The Emperor Protects.

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u/PTBOLad Aug 24 '22

Are you chewing gum??

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u/tacobellwasabadidea Aug 24 '22

I feel like you’re saying hole…

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u/pantego05 Aug 24 '22

It sounds like you are saying “boys hole”?!

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u/Aldayne Aug 24 '22

Instructions unclear: Satan already has my contact information when I arranged to sell the soul to him.

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u/littlebitsofspider Aug 24 '22

Shave your number into the side of your child's head. Not only will they remember it's there, they will have to find a trustworthy person to read it to them, or at least post a picture of their stupid haircut on Twitter where you can find it.

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u/just_taste_it Aug 24 '22

Tattoo it on their forehead.

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u/jjdajetman Aug 24 '22

Then change your number

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u/subcow Aug 24 '22

Head on! Apply directly to the forehead!

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

Or on their wrist, 1940s style.

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u/Dogfish1313 Aug 24 '22

When I was young the owner of the bowling alley had those numbers tattooed on his forearm. It was till I got older that I realized what I was looking at.

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

I had a similar experience, but I was too young to be sombre about it and regret the cringe-worthy joke I made at the time.

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u/MKKUltra Aug 24 '22

Oh jeez that gonna haunt ya hey?

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

yup, but it's how we grow

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u/Accurize2 Aug 24 '22

Just remember to port your number when you switch carriers, otherwise your kid ends up looking like Guy Pierce in Momento.

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u/beavertime Aug 24 '22

Shave a QR Code

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u/killingtime1 Aug 24 '22

Write it on their forehead

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u/Polfina Aug 24 '22

Yet again, the real LPT is in the comments

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u/azianflu Aug 24 '22

on the *inside

There, fixed it for ya

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u/stargazerphenomenon Aug 24 '22

LPT name your kid the phone number. They can't forget their own name.

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u/Punanistan Aug 24 '22 I'm Deceased

Ok Elon.

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u/Oohwshitwaddup Aug 24 '22

Ahhh that was the reason. Kinda clever of him.

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

They chose an ipv6 address, just in case the number would clash with an existing kid out there

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u/poopellar Aug 24 '22

But only works if they're using Starlink.

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

Well the kid will be the future CEO of Starlink despite no over-qualifying credentials other than their daddy's name, so it all adds up

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u/PooPooDooDoo Aug 24 '22

That’s pretty funny 754-3324!

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u/PurplePain57 Aug 24 '22

My son will now be named 8008135, my daughter??? I Dont even know

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u/anna-marie49 Aug 24 '22

Son - 8008135 I

Daughter - 8008135 II

If you have a third child, then 8008135 III

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u/Decipher Aug 24 '22

7177135

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u/1nquiringMinds Aug 24 '22

Seillil?

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u/neongreenpurple Aug 24 '22

I turned my phone upside down to help me figure it out too. But then I realized that the first one wasn't flipped, so this one shouldn't be either.

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u/UntilYouKnowMe Aug 24 '22

8675309 Jenny? Is that really you?!?

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

sEmantEcE

(fun fact: the delimiter in a sed command can be anything)

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u/potatodrinker Aug 24 '22

Your daughter is 2-8008135 of course

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u/Other_Shine Aug 24 '22

Some kids in kindergarten only know their nickname. They don't know their full legal names. But hey, if you're willing to always say "nine oh five four three two one one nine seven, time for dinner!" it could work

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

Little Bobby Seven we call him

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u/Allidoischill420 Aug 24 '22

Johnny 5

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u/GrevenQWhite Aug 24 '22

Hey laser lips, your momma was a snow blower

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u/97875 Aug 24 '22

Use your phone number as the password to your tablet/computer/Nokia Ngage.

Those little buggers will learn that by heart shorter than a Brazilian koalas public hair.

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u/ohimjustagirl Aug 24 '22

I literally did this to my husband many years ago with a child lock on the tv. He still rolls his eyes whenever it gets brought up but I'm not sorry, he learned my number in like 2 days once it was interfering with his life.

This was back when people still memorised important numbers though and we did have a newborn baby so it seemed necessary at the time lol I probably wouldn't do it now!

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u/ladyevenstar-22 Aug 24 '22

So you had two babies 🤷🏻‍♀️

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u/foggy-sunrise Aug 24 '22

All koala hair is public hair.

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u/GrevenQWhite Aug 24 '22

That's just unbearable

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u/timlnolan Aug 24 '22

It's public? So the koalas don't own it personally?

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u/foggy-sunrise Aug 24 '22

Koalas own nothing.

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u/timlnolan Aug 24 '22

They're communists

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u/foggy-sunrise Aug 24 '22

Barbearians.

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u/buenperro Aug 24 '22

Or you can just put a tattoo on their forehead.

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u/Tacoannihilator Aug 24 '22

I forgot my name in the fourth grade one time. Kids are dumb enough to forget their names.

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u/Seb555 Aug 24 '22

Kid named phone number

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u/Hipoop69 Aug 24 '22

“Your number had been disconnected ”

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u/yo_thats_bull Aug 24 '22

More of a ULPT, but I like it.

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u/obliviouskey Aug 24 '22

Kid named number

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u/my_people Aug 24 '22

The real LPT is always in the comments

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u/hksteve Aug 24 '22

LPT - Set your cell phone number as the iPad password. My kids don't get to use the iPad more than 15min a day and they still had the 'code' memorized in 3 days.

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u/AshArbus Aug 24 '22

At some point tho, muscle memory kicks in. I would not be able to tell you my pin right away even though its only 4 numbers

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u/insanemoviereviewer Aug 24 '22

Pro tip imagine the keypad in front of you do the motion of your muscle memory and from there you can deduce your entries thus your password.

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u/tim36272 Aug 24 '22

* cries in r/Aphantasia *

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u/tomatoaway Aug 24 '22

I loved that Disney movie too

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u/Mundane-Solution7884 Aug 24 '22

The 1940 film for the 2000 film?

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u/SheerSonicBlue Aug 24 '22

I hope Tobias can get everyone back together again for The Metal Opera part 3!

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u/lrosser2 Aug 24 '22

I have aphantasia, but I use this trick all the time! I can't see the keypad, but I have an idea of it's shape so can remember the pattern numbers make.

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u/WisestAirBender Aug 24 '22

We're talking about young kids. I doubt they'll be able to use techniques like these instead of just crying

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u/CumbersomeNugget Aug 24 '22

Mine spells my name!

I mean clears throat it's like...super rando.

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u/elfmere Aug 24 '22

So is that a capital C and N?

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u/neongreenpurple Aug 24 '22

Mine is two four digit numbers that had meaning to me in the past (they aren't relevant to my life today except for the password). I was going to say the meanings, but I think for security reasons I'd better not.

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u/Seventh9th Aug 24 '22

That seems crazy to me man I can't comprehend how that's even possible, that's like forgetting your social security number or even the last 4 of your social

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u/jakedaboiii Aug 24 '22

15 mins ain't much....😞

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u/diliudia Aug 24 '22

Yeah WTF is that?

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u/jakedaboiii Aug 24 '22

Torture....80% of the world is online now. I think you need balance but damn...15 minutes on an ipad is what...like one 7 minute YouTube video.....

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u/JConRed Aug 24 '22

LPT: Write contact details of an emergency contact on your own bike helmet.

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u/PTSDoggo Aug 24 '22

As a guy who lives alone, only drives with his service dog, and basically carries a binder with "in case shit reach these people" instructions... it's never occurred to me until just now that I need to tape something to visor of my goddamn car because that's glaringly obvious now.

Thank you friend.

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u/JConRed Aug 24 '22

I'm glad I could help. I hope it won't come to be used though.

Wish you all the very best :)

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u/UntilYouKnowMe Aug 24 '22

Once again, a gem of a LPT is in the comments.

Well done, sir. Bravo!

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u/sharpei90 Aug 25 '22

My FIL bought a (literal) dog tag. He added it to his shoe laces on his running shoes. It has his name, address and my MIL’s phone number

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u/brennw Aug 24 '22

Reading this has made me realize why my mom would make me say her number instead of just saying it when a cashier would ask about rewards..

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u/tmccrn Aug 24 '22 Helpful

One of my kids asked me to make them a dog tag. Obviously we picked one that looked like military tags and got a metal bead chain… worked really well and I hadn’t thought about it in over a decade until this very moment

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u/Intrepid-Lynx Aug 24 '22

I do this currently for my kids. It has my phone number and their allergies on it. One has a penicillin allergy and the other has mild nut and dairy allergies. I don’t put their names on them because of stranger danger. For anyone who doesn’t know, you can easily get personalized, metal stamped identification tags through online marketplaces.

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u/TheGeneGeena Aug 24 '22

This is like a cooler idea for a medical alert bracelet - and with a family with weird medical issues and allergies, Thanks!

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u/theduncan Aug 24 '22

Friends did this for their first ( at the time only). I saw them at a convention and this was just as she was able to walk and run, and I made a bad joke about a booth that was making dog tags.

Boom that afternoon she was wearing one.

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u/MonkeyGein Aug 24 '22

We would keep old driver’s licenses and write our numbers on them and give them to our kids.

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u/BatmansNygma Aug 24 '22

All fun and games till your 8 year old comes home with a handle of Svedka

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u/drewskibfd Aug 24 '22

It's cool as long as he shares with me.

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u/BobT21 Aug 24 '22

I'm 78 y.o. When I was about 6 I was required to memorize our street address, phone number, and license plate number. I still remember them from back then. Yes, we had cars and telephones.

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u/delinka Aug 24 '22

But did the world have color yet, or was it still black and white graysscale?

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u/BobT21 Aug 24 '22

More of a sepia.

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u/Jidaque Aug 24 '22

So you're Mexican?

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u/Aerotactics Aug 24 '22

"Is this what Mexico looks like?"

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u/siro300104 Aug 24 '22

What’s the license plate number for?

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u/TooMuchBroccoli Aug 24 '22

For cars. They put it on cars.

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u/siro300104 Aug 24 '22

I set that one up, didn’t I? -_-

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u/mildmamluk Aug 24 '22

I’m 25 and same. Had it all down by the time I was 5.

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u/fingerbl4st Aug 24 '22

I write it with a sharpie on their forehead.

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u/HonestSummer Aug 24 '22

I recall reading about people refusing to evacuate for a hurricane being told to write their SSN on their bodies so they can be identified later.

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u/Tipordie Aug 24 '22

This was a very effective “picture “ painted by officials to get people to evacuate!

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u/SquareAnywhere Aug 24 '22

Cops told that to people before Sandy.

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u/SanaSix Aug 24 '22

Lol close, I actually used to write it on my kid's forearm. Had a designated marker and all

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u/Thistlebitters Aug 24 '22

I did this on my kids arm when we went to Disneyland or anywhere big & crowded

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u/Pixielo Aug 24 '22

I use medical tape.

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u/seawitch7 Aug 24 '22

I'm a fan of the old tattoo gun myself

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u/Shiftyboss Aug 24 '22

The real tip is always in the comments.

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u/shivangrockz Aug 24 '22 Silver Wholesome

If you love someone let them go, If they love you they'll come back.

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u/Alwin_ Aug 24 '22

OK so I don't have a kid but just went out and tackled one to write my phone number on their shoe. The dad got really angry and the police is now at my house. What do I do next?

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u/singer911 Aug 24 '22

Get your child a bracelet with you and your spouse's names and phone numbers embossed into the bracelet. Tell your child to show your bracelet to whoever asks where you or your spouse is when said child is lost. Whoever finds your lost child that shows genuine concern will ask your child "Do you know how I can contact your mom or dad?" and the child will show the bracelet. That's how my mom found me when I got lost in a farmers market when I was 5.

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u/doug157 Aug 24 '22

I read once you should never put names on your kid because they can be used to gain trust. Eg if you wrote John and Mary and phone number and someone could go oh I know your parents John and Mary they're just over there, come with me. Just a number would do it.

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u/blancstair Aug 24 '22

In my kids' Garmin jr watches, my wife and I are listed as mom and dad. That way the caller would have to ask.

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u/Both-Pop-7957 Aug 24 '22

The bracelet or necklace is the way to go. The amount of time my niblings lose their shoes is wild.

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u/benri Aug 24 '22

Bracelet was recommended to me by an EMT friend. If he's called to a situation with nonresponsive victims, they look for a bracelet or pendant first.

He said the worst is the wallet; EMTs don't like to open a victim's wallet until police arrive, just in case of accusations...

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u/nichtgefunden Aug 24 '22

I had a bracelet for my special needs kid who didn't talk. I figured he could hold his hand up, even if panicked.

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u/Shiggle Aug 24 '22

What is a nibling?

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u/Miserable_Drink_1662 Aug 24 '22

Just a replacement word for niece or nephew

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u/Both-Pop-7957 Aug 24 '22

siblings are brothers and sisters, so people made the word niblings for nieces and nephews

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u/helgakerplunkety Aug 24 '22

Nieces and nephews?

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u/theduncan Aug 24 '22

Years ago friends got the kid a dog tag with their number stamped into it.

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u/thisisloreez Aug 24 '22

But a bracelet is still pretty easy to lose.

At an amusement park I've seen kids with a phone number written with a Sharpie on their arms.

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u/Behappyalright Aug 24 '22

Man can I just apple air tag my child and also write my info on there like a dog tag too? Are there potential downsides to this?

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u/Zer0C00l Aug 24 '22

ummm... yes. aaaaand, yes.

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u/theprizefight Aug 24 '22

Just get them microchipped

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u/PooPooDooDoo Aug 24 '22

Can’t sent them to daycare/school like that because the teachers will get alerts that they are being tracked. Would work fine for a trip to the store/amusement park etc though.

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u/macrian Aug 24 '22

Might as well get a GPS tracker bracelet as well

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u/PartTimeMantisShrimp Aug 24 '22

And write ANDY on the bottom of their sole

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u/[deleted] Aug 24 '22

I just microchip mines

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u/ChipNASA Aug 24 '22

I want RFID/GPS. Maybe I can get one of them Apple chipped thing

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u/NikkiT64 Aug 24 '22

The apple air tags sometimes lag, like it will say 6 mins ago and then their location. So it doesn’t really update in real time

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u/YIKES2722 Aug 24 '22

We taught our kids our phone numbers, address, their birthdays, etc in the car on the way to preschool every morning. Took a couple weeks.

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u/tanntanatann Aug 24 '22

Same here. My wife taught our 5-year-old our phone numbers in a sing-song way. Now he sings the numbers every time he's on the potty.

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u/trochanter_the_great Aug 24 '22

Dude, I'm 30 and still remember my step brother singing their phone number in the car over and over from 25 years ago.

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u/Bootyhole-dungeon Aug 24 '22

Back in my day I'd just get embarrasly called out over the PA system. "Bootyhole-dungeon, your mom is waiting for you at the front. Please stop crying all over the fruit."

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u/Phishstyxnkorn Aug 24 '22

I used to have a pack of those bracelets they give you at museums and parks and I'd write my number on it and put it on my little ones if we went someone public and busy. But in a pinch, I've also written my number on their upper arm hidden under their sleeves.

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u/Pixielo Aug 24 '22

Medical tape!

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u/NefariousKing07 Aug 24 '22

Nice try, telemarketer spy

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u/dw276785 Aug 24 '22

What if your child is a ginger and doesn’t have a sole?

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u/Intrepid-Lynx Aug 24 '22

Just don’t write your number anywhere else on them. Why would you want to risk it being returned?

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u/EC-Texas Aug 24 '22

The real LPT is always in the comments.

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u/jumpsteadeh Aug 24 '22

That way if, heavens forbid, something happens to your kid, you can get the shoe back.

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u/dandroid126 Aug 24 '22

I just keep a tag on their collar like a normal parent.

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u/MsDJMA Aug 24 '22

And when you’re camping, write your site number on the back of your kid’s hand. Even big kids can get turned around while bike riding in anew place.

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u/codece Aug 24 '22

Unethical Life Pro Tip: Steal children and write your phone number on their shoes immediately, so you can show proof of ownership.

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u/sundaymusings Aug 24 '22

Younger kids might suddenly be unable to recall the number if they're overwhelmed with panic, hence OP's LPT.

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u/Pixielo Aug 24 '22

LPT: While teaching them the sacred digits, scream at the drill sergeant style while pushing them in playground equipment, to simulate stress

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u/Less_Store_3618 Aug 24 '22

Lpt: it's taught not teached

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u/mr_walnut Aug 24 '22

I'm glad you teached us that

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u/moonmothman Aug 24 '22

We’ve been taughted.

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u/IdiotIAm96 Aug 24 '22

We were taughtned.

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u/magicspooner Aug 24 '22

This dude’s a great taughter

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u/girlymcnerdy0919 Aug 24 '22

Assuming your child HAS a soul.

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u/Alesi42 Aug 24 '22

Gingerkids detected.

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u/abu_nawas Aug 24 '22

Or get them an airtag.

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u/daveashaw Aug 24 '22

Snarky comments are funny, but I got lost, at age 5, at the 1964 World's Fair in NY. Wall to wall people--my first time in a big crowd. I completely shut down and started crying. A police officer saw me and I guess, got my name out of me and it went out over the PA system and my family showed up and it was all OK. My Mom was utterly freaked out, Dad stoic as usual. What I am saying is that when you are separated from your parents at that age it is existential. LPT is good.

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u/zebrahdh Aug 24 '22

Lpt: Go to barcodewarehousedotcom and purchase a UPC. Then tattoo the upc at the base of your child’s spine.

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u/reddit-account90210 Aug 24 '22

Don't put it on the outside, put it inside the shoe, under the sole. Putting it on the side is more likely for you to get calls you don't want if someone sees the number. You can also sew something like that inside a shirt as well. Also, especially as kids are more and more likely to have a phone or tablet at an early age, you can either etch it into the case or add it to the lock screen with a message such as "if lost please call xxx.xxx.xxxx" which would apply to either a lost device or the child.

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u/ehtol Aug 24 '22

I wrote my number on her arm with permanent marker when we were in a big inside park. It's really safe here in Norway, so it's normal to let the kids play alone with friends while the parents are at the café. But if she would sprain her ankle or something and couldn't show an adult where I was sitting, they could call me. It never happened though because she was always really careful.