Releasing the Trap: Empowered By Family

Trapped. Just saying the word makes my skin crawl, my breath quicken and my heart pound a little louder. Inspired By Family began years ago for this very reason. It is why we still plug away at it through moves, jobs, kids and chaos. The Why of It All When our son, Breck was severely burned on April 6, 2003, his accident and recovery were out of our hands.  I could not make any of it go away. There was no easy fix. There was no reset button to … [Read more...]

Just Saying It Doesn’t Make It So

    The morning did not start out all.  To be fair, our coffee pot broke yesterday and the new one wasn't up and running yet. We are getting ready to leave for spring break, but clearly the kids do not understand the rules that every self-respecting person from the Midwest is taught before you leave on a trip: 1. Wear your best underwear. If you get in an accident, you don't want the paramedics to see your dirty, … [Read more...]

Child Passenger Safety Week Links

It's child passenger safety week and this year it has a whole new meaning for me. With an infant in our house again, we found ourselves back to looking at all the different car seats, various safety features, everything needed for a newborn. Which one is the most safe? Which one is appropriate for 8 pounds? 12 pounds?  Rear facing? Front facing? Booster? Wait, does my eight-year-old still need that? So many questions, then I second guess myself … [Read more...]

Pizza Delivery, Smoke Detectors and Brecker Bunny!

Who doesn't like delivery pizza?  When we first founded Inspired By Family years ago, we never thought that pizza would be such a valuable part of our safety message, but then we hadn't been exposed to the creativity of fire and life safety educators yet!  With October, and Fire Safety Week/Month fast approaching, we thought we'd highlight a few of our favorite ways Brecker Bunny books have been used by Bunny Buddies over the past ten years.  Our … [Read more...]

Davey Bunny Pool Safety Book Released at FLSEC 2014 Conference!

We are so excited to see Davey in print!  If you have followed Inspired By Family's journey over the years, you'll know that Hilary and Michelle both had frightening, near-tragic family accidents at almost the same time.  Hilary's son, Breck, was severely burned and in ICU for a month.  Michelle's nephew nearly drowned in a pool, but quick thinking and CPR saved his life.  It then became their passion to prevent accidents like this from happening … [Read more...]

Davey Bunny Book Request Form

We're excited to share our newest book in the Brecker Safety Series, Davey Bunny Learns to be Careful! A lesson in Pool Safety. Based on real life events, Davey Bunny finds himself alone in the pool and his good friends Brecker, Kali and Tabor Bunny think fast to get an adult and help him out! Little bunnies learn to stay away from the pool when an adult isn't around and parents are reminded to learn CPR, install proper barriers and always … [Read more...]

Brecker’s Safety Tip: Keep Pool Fences Monitored

Most of us realize that pool fences are necessary when you have a home pool.  We also know that it is important to have a fence lock and alarm.  However, there are two reminders that Brecker thinks you should think carefully about.  First, always make sure that your pool fence is in good condition.  Many cases have been reported where kids have been able to slip through a fence spacing that needed to be repaired.  Bunny Buddy Mom Michelle, taught … [Read more...]

Brecker’s Safety Tip: Sparklers are NOT toys!

When Brecker Bunny was in ICU for his burns, I asked the University of Madison Burn Staff what their busiest times of the year were.  The 4th of July was right up there at the top.  Not only are people doing silly things like holding fireworks or trying to play pranks with fireworks, but some people are completely unaware of the actual temperature at which a firework burns.  Take a common child's firework.  Sparklers are beautiful and we see even … [Read more...]

Brecker’s Safety Tip: Pedestrian Safety! Stay Aware!

  This poster says it all.  With all our new electronics and gadgets, we sometimes get sucked into a world all our own and forget to look and listen for danger when we are walking.  Bunny Buddies, Walk with Care!  Keep your eyes and ears aware! … [Read more...]

Brecker’s Safety Tip: Always have a Water Watcher!

It's here Bunny Buddies!  Pool and open water time! Some parts of the country are a little slower to warm up, but they'll catch up soon! Our most valuable tip for playing with little bunnies by the water...Always have a designated Water Watcher.  Don't ever assume someone else is doing it.  We recommend having a lanyard with the label Water Watcher on it.  Whoever is on duty wears it.  When they need a break, they hand off to someone else.  So … [Read more...]