Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ModernGear Family: Parking lot safety - Parking Pal Magnets

Every once in a while I'll hear a story on the radio or read on a news web site, that a child was accidentally run over by someone backing up on a driveway, or in a parking lot. That has always shocked and saddened me, and made me feel equally bad for the family of the child, as for the driver. People don't mean to hit kids, obviously. But having kids in our lives generally means that vehicles get bigger with bigger blind spots, lives get busier, and accidents happen.

That fact led busy Virginia-based mompreneur Denise Whitney to create a fantastic product to keep her kids occupied and in the same place every time they get out of the car. The Parking Pal is a magnet in the shape of a hand, to be stuck on the side of a vehicle. It's bright and attractive to kids with its playful graphics, and helps teach kids about their safe spot on the side of the car where Mom and Dad can always find them after they've gotten out of the car.

Another aspect of safety that I love with this ingenious product is the benefit of not having the kids wander off. In huge parking lots with vehicles that tower over them, kids can get separated from guardians in seconds. It might take a few tries until they get it, but a parent introducing the Parking Pal might make a fun game of it, like "high five the hand", and kids will get to quickly learn where they're to go the moment they're out of the car.

There are a few fun graphics to choose from so you can give your child the one he or she is most attracted to:
AlphaPal Magnet

PlanetPal Magnet

FishPal Magnet

FlowerPal Magnet

DynoPal Magnet

Parking Pals can be ordered online at their website, and cost $7.99. As creator Denise Whitney says, "At the very least it will make running errands with the kids a lot less stressful. At the very most, it could save a child's life."

Not to steal from a credit card's ad campaign but...safety for your children? Priceless.

1 comment:

k-rosenberg said...

What a cute idea! This just goes to show that really any mom with the right drive and ambition can create a successful business for herself, without ever having to leave home! Now, Denise is a great success story, and your blog looks excellent, so I thought I would write you.

I'm an official Microsoft ambassador and right now we're really trying to scale up our connections with influential bloggers like yourself. I'd love to share with you some of the stuff we've been doing in the last couple months to help women entrepreneurs; we're really committed to providing all the necessary resources to help women start, grow and expand their business.

We just wrapped up a women's entrepreneurial tour across the US; the response and turn-out was great!

I'd really love your take on these offerings we have right now; I would have contacted you via email but I didn't know which was the best way to reach you.

Thank you so much, I hope I didn't overstep my bounds by directly contacting you. Definitely get back to me if I’ve piqued your interest-- I’d love to share more info with you.

Official Microsoft Ambassador