Safety education

At Gabby’s afterschool program, they’ve been talking lately about safety. What to do if they are alone at home and a stranger knocks at the door, etc. She was telling me about it, and I quizzed her about different scenarios. What if it’s the mailman? What if it’s a woman who says “it’s mom” but you’re not sure because you can’t see her? What if it’s the mom or dad of a friend? What if they insist, yell, or won’t leave? What if it’s a person who says you need to come out to help mommy? It took a while, but she finally accepted that she shouldn’t open the door to anyone no matter who it is or what convincing argument they say.

Then she started asking other safety questions… What if there’s a fire? What if there’s smoke but no fire? It took a while, but she finally accepted that if there’s something wrong inside the house then she should get out even if it means breaking a window or a screen or whatever.

She thought about all of this. Then she gasped. “Mom! What if there’s a fire inside AND a stranger at the door?!”

I had to laugh. Of course she would find the hole in these rules. I didn’t know what to say other than “get out and run away really fast?”

Sounds like that would be a really bad day!


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