Parking Pal is a small round magnet you can put onto your vehicle and have your children stand there with their hand on it while you load your groceries or in my case younger kids into the car. It has a handprint on it to show your kids where to put their hands and come in a variety of styles to keep your kids amused or look cute on your vehicle.
In the effort of full disclosure I will say that although I was happy to be doing this review I was skeptic that any of my kids would stand there long enough to let me put anything in my van but i thought hey I will give it a shot. I tried it first with the older boys and they told me I was lame lol, they are 8 and 10 and know how to stay by the van, so then we tried it with Maddisyn, I put it on the passenger side front door (Holdens seat is on the passenger side of our van both the older boys stayed close to her but sorta hung back making her think she had freedom, in reality we had complete control over her. I was very surprised when she just stood there with her hand on it the whole time while i strapped Holden into his carseat. I think she is too young to do this alone without the other kids watching, but i do think at about the age 3 this is going to become my best friend. We received the AlphaPal Magnet and the kids thought it was great because it would help Maddisyn practice her ABC’s.
The following is copied and pasted directly from the Parking Pal website
- Help reduce injuries to children in parking lots
- Heighten awareness of the dangers in parking lots.
WHY IS IT NEEDED:
Parents, grandparents, day-care providers, aunts, uncles, friends, or whoever is caring for a child can be easily distracted in parking lots. Loading or unloading packages, rifling for keys, tending to the baby, or helping elderly parents can take precious attention away from our children, leaving them vulnerable to a number of dangerous situations. Other drivers can’t see when they back up because the car next to them is too large or they’re distracted by their cell phones, or blind spots make it easy for them to overlook small children who may be behind them. And children, well, they don’t always do what they’re told or stay where they should. It only takes one second for tragedy to strike.
HOW IT WORKS:
Place the Parking Pal on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. It was specifically designed with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.
HOW IT CAME ABOUT:
One mother residing in Virginia began to think of ways to keep her kids focused so the chance of them bolting or wondering in parking lots would be eliminated. She created the Parking Pal and IT WORKED. Austin, her 5-year old, and Aiden, her 3-year old, love the Parking Pal. When getting out of or coming back to the vehicle they go directly to it, put their hand on it, fiddle around with it and chat with each other while she gets her youngest into his stroller or back into his car seat. Until all vehicles are equipped with back-up cameras and all until all drivers remember to pay careful attention in parking lots, this is a great aid in keeping your child safer.”
The Parking Pal currently comes in 7 different styles so i am sure you can find one to suite your likings. They are very reasonably priced at $7.99 per magnet but if you need a bunch you can get them at a wholesale pricing or $3.99 if you order 25-250 of them. Most importantly with Parking Pal though, Never Leave Your Child Unattended While Using Parking Pal!
Go to Parking Pal and tell me which one you would choose if you won.
This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. Products in this review were given to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for review only. Opinions in this review are mine and are in NO way influenced by monetary compensation.