Parents, you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Or just as likely, we’ve got questions and you’ve got answers.

Challenge: Open Discussion

How To Protect Our Kids From Getting Hurt Doing Manual Labor

Vote up!
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email this article

Do your kids enjoy doing manual labor, such as working in the yard? Do you worry that they will push things too far, thus ending up with a serious injury?

There are many things parents (and other adults) can do to protect kids from getting hurt doing manual labor.

This may not be something you think about often, but that’s a mistake. If you don’t take the right approach, your child (or someone else) could end up with a serious injury that impacts their health for the rest of their life.

Unlike online security concerns, which are all too common in today’s world, those associated with manual labor can end up in physical pain. This is particularly true among children who don’t know exactly what they are doing or when to call it quits.

Here are five things you can do to help protect kids from getting hurt doing manual labor:

1. Monitor Them

This is one of the best tips you can follow, as it goes a long way in ensuring the safety of any child who is doing manual labor.

An example of this would be watching your child as he or she cuts the grass for the first time. Along the way, you can provide advice and guidance to ensure that nothing goes wrong.

Once you monitor an activity a few times, you can then back off and give the child a bit more freedom. At that point, you know that he or she has the knowledge to make the right decisions.

2. Teach Tool Safety

When it comes to manual labor, it’s only natural for a variety of tools to be used.

It’s your job to teach tool safety, as you don’t want your child to do something that will jeopardize their health and well being.

For instance, there are a variety of power tools that are extremely dangerous. It only takes a simple mistake for a serious accident to occur.

3. Show Them How to Take Strain Off Their Body

Manual labor doesn’t necessarily have to be as difficult as it sounds. This is particularly true when the right tools are used.

A portable hand cart is an example of a tool that can take the strain off a person’s body. With this, your child won’t have to lift heavy items in order to move them from one place to the next. They can rely on the hand cart to do all the work for them.

4. Teach Proper Lifting Technique

In many cases, lifting heavy items is necessary when doing manual labor.

Regardless of how much weight a person is lifting, they must do so with proper technique. This means many things, such as keeping a straight torso and lifting with the legs, not the back.

Once your child understands proper lifting technique, they can use this time and time again in the future.

5. Tell Them It’s Okay to Get Help

Many children overlook the fact that it’s okay to ask for help. This is particularly true when they are trying to impress someone else, such as a parent.

Let your child know that it’s always better to ask for help than to take on a project that could cause injury.

This is a great lesson that will suit your child well when doing manual labor, as well as later in life.

Don’t Ignore an Injury

If your child tells you they have suffered an injury, don’t hesitate to learn more. If you can’t diagnose and treat the problem on your own, take him or her to a local urgent care facility or hospital.

An injury that is left untreated is one that can turn into something more serious in the days, weeks, and months to come.


When a child knows his or her limits, they’ll find it much easier to avoid injury during manual labor.

It’s your job to protect your kids from getting hurt, so make sure you use the above tips to your advantage.

What steps do you take to protect your kids from getting hurt during manual labor? Would you add any other tips to this list? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This post comes from the TODAY Parenting Team community, where all members are welcome to post and discuss parenting solutions. Learn more and join us! Because we're all in this together.