Adam, We had mice too and also have two little kids. We ended up putting the spring traps in the basement away from where the kids could get at them--along the top of the cement foundation. They worked. We had an exterminator come, who also just used the spring traps. No more mice. Even though you may be seeing them elsewhere in your house...if you have a basment, you'll get 'em and your kids won't get near the traps. You need to check them daily.