Thursday, August 28, 2008

Temporary tattoos that are more than just decorative

A few weeks ago, while I was juggling four out of five kids at a museum, I turned around and my preschooler was no longer sitting where she had been just a few seconds before. I left the stroller, hoisted my toddler onto my hip, and told my older two kids to sit tight while I did a quick circuit of the area, looking for her. Nothing.

Moments later, I heard an adult female voice calling my name. My daughter had the presence of mind to remember what I had taught her -- look for another mommy with kids and tell you need help looking for me, use my "grown-up name" instead of "Mama." She was out of sight for maybe two or three minutes but, I swear, it was the longest two or three minutes of my life so far. Next time, I might not be so lucky.

That experience led me to appreciate the idea behind these temporary tattoos, which I wrote about in my Gearing Up column on Sunday for The Boston Globe's Travel section. They're cute, sure, but they have a serious purpose:

August 24, 2008

Gearing Up

Temporary Tattoos With a Purpose

By Lylah M. Alphonse, Globe Staff

It's a parent's worst nightmare: You're in a crowded area and, all of a sudden, you can't find your child. These "Lost and Found" temporary tattoos from Tattoos With a Purpose can help. Apply the decal to your child's skin; when it's dry, write your information on it using the included pen. Unlike a note (which can get lost) or an ID bracelet (which can be removed), the temporary tattoos last for three to five days. A travel kit of six tattoos plus a pen and everything you need to apply - and remove - the tattoos costs $9.99 at or by calling 800-357-1521. [More]

There are a few different kinds available, including versions for nonverbal kids (like some of those who live with severe forms of autism) and adults suffering from Alzheimer's. The tattoos are available individually or in sets of six, and it's a small price to pay for peace of mind.

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