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Parking Pal Magnet: Keeping Your Kids Safe In Parking Lots

Parking Pal Magnet: Keeping Your Kids Safe In Parking Lots


As a mom of two little ones, it can be a bit of a challenge in the parking lot when trying to load one of them into the car while keeping the other one safe from oncoming traffic. Gabriel is almost three years old now and most of the time, he doesn’t really listen to what he’s told. In fact, we had to get an extra safety lock for our front door because he just loves to run across our driveway any chance he gets. The same is true when we are in parking lots- he would be running out of the car the minute the car seat buckles are off.

So here was a brilliant idea for him: a Parking Pal magnet. When I learned about this product, I wanted to try one right away. And sure thing- it works!


So what is the Parking Pal magnet and how does it work?

Parking Pal is a brightly-designed round magnet with a small palm illustration where children place their hands on. The magnet is designed to attach on the side of your vehicle and serves as a “safe spot” where your child can go directly to it before getting in or after getting out of the car and put their hand on it, while you tend to your other child nearby. I was surprised to see how receptive Gabriel was when I first taught him how to use the Parking Pal magnet. And since he loves saying the letters of the alphabet, we got him the AlphaPal magnet. He’s having so much fun while using the magnet- he points to each alphabet letter and reads them while he waits on me. Do you know how helpful this product have been to me with my kids in parking lots now? I absolutely love it!

Parking Pal magnets come in five fun, colorful designs- dinosaur, flowers, planet, alphabet, and fish. Only $7.99 each at KidSafetySolversandMore.com . Enter coupon code HMP 508 to get free shipping on your order.

*Win the Parking Pal Magnet! Two winners will win one Parking Pal Magnet each. Leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, May 28th at 12MN, CST to be entered to win. US and CA residents only. Winners will be picked using Random.org. Goodluck!

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78 Comments

  1. 06/01/2008 / 2:30 pm

    This is a great idea! I have a nonverbal autistic son & having a visual aide to help him learn would be so helpful.

  2. 05/30/2008 / 3:04 pm

    This contest is now closed.

    Congrats to our 2 winners Steph and Lauren Horsley.

    Here are their comments:

    Steph said…

    What a super cool idea! I have a almost 4 year old that gives me panic attacks in the parking lot. Count me in!

    Lauren Horsley said…
    Can I just say that I totally love this? Not only would it be a big help to me as a mommy, but as a driver I’m amazed at how many kids are running around in parking lots, not quite tall enough to be seen by all the big SUV’s. The Parking Pal is a friend to all!

    Thank you all for participating!

  3. 05/28/2008 / 5:33 pm

    This would be perfect for my 3 yr old. Hope it’s not too late!

  4. 05/28/2008 / 1:13 pm

    SUCH a terrific idea!!! This could prevent a lot of injuries.

  5. 05/28/2008 / 7:07 am

    this is a great gift for my sister in law who has a little boy.
    3beez at bellsouth dot net

  6. 05/28/2008 / 2:19 am

    I would love to try these out – I find myself telling my 2yo to “touch the car” alot, but I bet if he had something to touch it would actually work LOL

  7. 05/27/2008 / 7:52 pm

    My two middle ones normally do pretty well jumping out of the van, but on the days they’re not listening this would be ideal. Now that the 1-year-old is mobile it would be an added bonus. The inventor of this is just a genius!

  8. 05/27/2008 / 2:44 pm

    What a great idea for safety!

  9. 05/27/2008 / 2:27 pm

    Really neat idea and this would have come in so handy when my kids were younger. 🙂

  10. 05/26/2008 / 3:35 pm

    This is exactly what we need my son have a tendency to run to the parking lot as soon as he get out of the car. I would love to have one.

  11. 05/26/2008 / 6:03 am

    I want one of these sooo much! 🙂
    Please think about me and my two baby girls… they will one day need these…and instead of me saying “No” 50X, you can just give this to me.. and I’d love it…

  12. 05/25/2008 / 11:19 pm

    very cute idea! love these!
    dansan826 at yahoo.com

  13. 05/25/2008 / 5:38 pm

    What a great idea! I struggle with this issue all the time with my three-year old twins. This would be fantastic to win!

  14. 05/24/2008 / 2:14 pm

    I have 4 grandchildren under the age of 3 so I could really use this,please count me in,this is the coolest ideal that ive seen in a long time,thanks so much

    vlbelk@hotmail.com

  15. 05/24/2008 / 7:29 am

    Very cool idea

    dolls123[at]gmail[dot]com

  16. 05/24/2008 / 6:51 am

    Fantastic idea…cant wait to try it…

  17. 05/23/2008 / 8:47 pm

    This is such a great idea, love it!

  18. 05/23/2008 / 8:23 pm

    What a great idea! I applaud the innovative creator for their mission on keeping children safe! Kudos!

  19. 05/23/2008 / 7:45 pm

    I’m envisioning my husbands face when he sees this on the side of our SUV! Send me 10.

  20. 05/23/2008 / 5:22 pm

    What a simple but great idea! And I’m sure it will have “child appeal”. Thanks for introducing us to this product!

  21. 05/23/2008 / 2:45 pm

    What a great idea! Please enter me. 🙂 Thanks!

  22. 05/23/2008 / 12:49 pm

    what a clever idea! i have 2 year old twins and i’m moving to the suburbs soon and getting a car and i was trying to figure out how to deal with parking lots with the two of them!

  23. 05/23/2008 / 12:37 pm

    Those sound awesome!

  24. 05/23/2008 / 4:12 am

    What a brilliant yet simple product. Great idea. Hopefully I’ll win these *;0). If not, I’ll be buying some for sure!
    Over from entrecard.

  25. 05/23/2008 / 3:50 am

    I think this is a fabulous idea! Please enter me. taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

  26. 05/23/2008 / 1:37 am

    These look so cool! I’d love to try one.

  27. 05/23/2008 / 1:09 am

    Oh, that’s great! I’ve been using the gas tank cover but when the sliding door is open, it’s covered. This would be perfect!

  28. 05/23/2008 / 12:15 am

    Those are great! I would love them for my niece and nephew. The little guy likes to wander and it scares the daylights out of me!

  29. 05/22/2008 / 11:23 pm

    Sign me up, I’ll be needing one of these soon!

  30. 05/22/2008 / 11:16 pm

    Great idea! I always have mine grab the door handle but that does not always work!

  31. 05/22/2008 / 8:44 pm

    Great Idea!!! I need one of these!!!!
    hngrube at gmail dot com

  32. 05/22/2008 / 8:38 pm

    great idea-need this for my 2 year old!

  33. 05/22/2008 / 6:55 pm

    When my 5yo daughter was 2 I came up with the great idea of putting her hand on the car for safety. (had never heard of anyone else doing it) Now that my youngest daughter is 2 we are doing it again. However I love the idea of actually having someplace cool to put it.

  34. 05/22/2008 / 5:33 pm

    I’ve seen these before and they’re a great idea. I like the animal one – it’s sooo cute! Please enter me to win.

  35. 05/22/2008 / 5:29 pm

    Great giveaway, thanks!

  36. 05/22/2008 / 4:45 pm

    This is one of those “Why didn’t I thonk of that?” innovations. Would love to win this, and end parking lot troubles once and for all!

  37. 05/22/2008 / 4:32 pm

    What a great idea! I’d love to use it with my 2 year old.

  38. 05/22/2008 / 3:54 pm

    We use this concept with the girls already but there’s no designated spot so this magnet would be perfect!

    Thanks

  39. 05/22/2008 / 3:19 pm

    I think this is just one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a while!

  40. 05/22/2008 / 2:46 pm

    I had no idea that these were out there. My two y.o. already puts her hand on the front of the van until I unload my 7m.o., but this would make it more of a reward for her.
    neeseyb1 at alltel dot net

  41. 05/22/2008 / 2:22 pm

    This idea is a much needed one! I have friends who are in the police force that make their kids (4) get out of the car and assume the “search” position in order to keep them from doing exactly what you described. I always though this was a little too extreme and would make them hold the door knob. Gosh, it is these kind of simple little inventions that save so many lives, keep parents stress free, and help inventors in the money! Great Giveaway, something special to add to DD hope chest.

  42. 05/22/2008 / 2:15 pm

    I would love to try the magnet. My youngest of four just runs.

  43. 05/22/2008 / 1:57 pm

    These do sound like such a simple but brilliant idea. Love to try it!

  44. 05/22/2008 / 1:45 pm

    This is a great idea…with a 3 year old we are always working on this concept!

  45. 05/22/2008 / 1:13 pm

    my little guy is SO darn close to walking that i am sure once he figures it out, he will never s top! this would be the perfect thing for us for the very near future. count me in and thanks for the giveaway, so sweet.

    jen
    mommyinstincts AT gmail DOT com

  46. 05/22/2008 / 12:45 pm

    What a great idea! And much cleaner, and more fun for my son, than the gas cover!

  47. 05/22/2008 / 5:02 am

    This sounds like a great idea. I’d love to win one!

  48. 05/22/2008 / 4:51 am

    I’ve been really wanting one of these because I think these are such a fabulous idea!!

  49. 05/22/2008 / 3:38 am

    I keep seeing these and thinking that I am sure going to have to get one soon!

  50. 05/22/2008 / 1:55 am

    This would be great to help me with my two kids who race to get to the car first.

  51. 05/22/2008 / 1:03 am

    what a cute idea! I think I may be needing one of those when my next baby comes

  52. 05/22/2008 / 12:27 am

    great idea!
    thanks for sharing!
    moore.g at insideconnect.net

  53. 05/21/2008 / 11:28 pm

    I think these are so brilliant!! I’d love to have one of these HANDY dandy magnets!

  54. 05/21/2008 / 10:05 pm

    Can I just say that I totally love this? Not only would it be a big help to me as a mommy, but as a driver I’m amazed at how many kids are running around in parking lots, not quite tall enough to be seen by all the big SUV’s. The Parking Pal is a friend to all!

  55. 05/21/2008 / 10:03 pm

    Looks great – thanks for the info.

  56. 05/21/2008 / 9:10 pm

    This is such an inventive little thing!

  57. 05/21/2008 / 8:51 pm

    I would love to win one for my youngest, she’s turning 1 in 2 weeks so still a little young but not much longer and I can really use it!! I think it’s a fantastic idea and this will give me some more piece of mind!! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    ann dot guns at mac dot com

  58. 05/21/2008 / 8:46 pm

    Wow cool idea. I gave you a “digg” on this article. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

  59. 05/21/2008 / 8:39 pm

    That is such a good idea!!

  60. 05/21/2008 / 6:55 pm

    What a great idea. Would love to put these to the test. katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

  61. 05/21/2008 / 6:53 pm

    What a super cool idea! I have a almost 4 year old that gives me panic attacks in the parking lot. Count me in!

  62. 05/21/2008 / 6:41 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

    eternally at gmail dot com

  63. 05/21/2008 / 6:35 pm

    that is an excellent idea. I would love to try these…they would solve many fights in the parking lot.

  64. 05/21/2008 / 6:34 pm

    that may be the best parenting invention I’ve seen in a long time. It would solve a lot of hassles.

  65. 05/21/2008 / 6:27 pm

    Loving this idea. One of my three is a bolter in parking lots. He’s wearing years off my life, but he’s great for my prayer life!

  66. 05/21/2008 / 5:49 pm

    That’s a terrific product. Thanks for sharing! I have a feeling my daughter is going to REALLY need this in the future!

  67. 05/21/2008 / 4:20 pm

    I think these are so neat!

  68. 05/21/2008 / 3:58 pm

    What a cool idea, I would love to try one out!

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