Prepping for a presentation to a group of child care providers, I realized that in many respects safe parenting (or caregiving) requires traveling ahead to the future.
In some cases, as when you look ahead of a toddler to see what lies in his path (and anticipate what he's likely do in response), it's only a second.
In other cases, it's looking ahead a few weeks or months, as when you start to think about what safety measures will be needed around the house once a baby learns how to walk or crawl.
In each case, it's moving the focus ahead of the here and now, visiting the future and coming back to act accordingly. It's not easy...