The term May Day / mayday can bring a couple of different thoughts to mind. May Day, the holiday has long been associated with a spring festival or International Workers’ Day.
The other, Mayday, originally from the French m’aider (“come help me”), is an internationally recognized distress signal.
When we’ve got kids, having a family-recognizable signal can be very useful in a number of circumstances. If you’re out in a store and something’s not quite right, your kids can quickly and effectively be discretely alerted and know they have to follow directions immediately for their safety.