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Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" Yes it was! lol. About the little girl in the museum. "



She didn't know anything. I think that is scary. She said he mommy and daddy were at the store when I asked where they were.

She is old enough to know her last name and parents names at least

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" She didn't know anything. I think that is scary. She said he mommy and daddy were at the store when I asked where they were. She is old enough to know her last name and parents names at least"


Yeah, that is scary. I feel like a lot of parents get lazy with that stuff now, maybe because of the age of technology. Back in the day I knew so many phone numbers by heart, and now they are all just programmed into a smart phone, lol.

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
27th Mar '13

My 2yo knows her full name and our first names.

Eleanor Rigby 1 child; 2 angel babies; North Carolina 6935 posts
27th Mar '13

My LO knows my full name and our full address.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" Yeah, that is scary. I feel like a lot of parents get lazy with that stuff now, maybe because of the ... [snip!] ... Back in the day I knew so many phone numbers by heart, and now they are all just programmed into a smart phone, lol."


It is something I actively practiced with Cora. Basic info, and where to get help if she needs it (I've always told her to look for people in uniform)

We also do some "What if.... " scenarios.

She is very panicky and edgy. Going over the info helps her, I think. It makes her feel more confident in situations

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" It is something I actively practiced with Cora. Basic info, and where to get help if she needs it ... [snip!] ... She is very panicky and edgy. Going over the info helps her, I think. It makes her feel more confident in situations"


It's kind of funny how here we have to worry so much. Back when I was a little kid in Iraq, my mom would let me sit outside with my older brothers and sisters playing. If a kid wanders off, they never get far because everyone in the neighborhood knows everyone, and someone will spot him and take him back home. Even my husband used to travel alone to another city when he was like 7-8 years old to make deliveries for his father's business lol. People just don't worry there like we do here. I mean, for good reason we worry here, but it's kind of scary thinking about back home because while we don't really worry about predators, there are still cars and environmental dangers.

He Who Must Not Be Named 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59305 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" It's kind of funny how here we have to worry so much. Back when I was a little kid in Iraq, my mom ... [snip!] ... thinking about back home because while we don't really worry about predators, there are still cars and environmental dangers."


I used to do a LOT of wandering on my own, either in or around my neighborhood, and in the woods (in the Adirondacks). It was pretty normal when I was a kid.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" It's kind of funny how here we have to worry so much. Back when I was a little kid in Iraq, my mom ... [snip!] ... thinking about back home because while we don't really worry about predators, there are still cars and environmental dangers."



I used to wander a lot as a kid too. When I think of what I was allowed to do, it makes me uneasy. So much could have happened.

I'm not overprotective of Cora, but I also don't let her wander outside alone or go to the playground by herself.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting The Doctor:" I used to do a LOT of wandering on my own, either in or around my neighborhood, and in the woods (in the Adirondacks). It was pretty normal when I was a kid."


It might just be a generational thing then. My parents weren't overprotective at all, especially by the time they had me lol. I can't help but giggle at how times have changed. I get kind of sad though because I don't want my kids to be consumed by technology. I want them to stay out until dark playing basketball at the park, going hiking, swimming in ponds, all the stuff I did as a kid. Now I think they'll just end up sitting in front of the TV, or on the playstation or laptop.. Glued to a smartphone, etc.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" I used to wander a lot as a kid too. When I think of what I was allowed to do, it makes me uneasy. ... [snip!] ... happened. I'm not overprotective of Cora, but I also don't let her wander outside alone or go to the playground by herself."


Dude, let me tell you something. When I was like 11-12 years old I could go walk wherever I wanted, so I always walked home from school. But then a man started following me in his car. He started by just parking at the end of cross streets and waiting for me to walk in front of his car. Then he started flashing his p***s out of the window. I told my parents, who told the police. What did my parents tell me to do? Get his license plate number. They still let me walk home from school everyday even knowing some crazy pedophile was flashing his dick at me.



I still remember his license plate # to this day. I don't know exactly what happened to him, but I know that my parents told the police the # and I didn't see him after that.

He Who Must Not Be Named 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59305 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" It might just be a generational thing then. My parents weren't overprotective at all, especially by ... [snip!] ... kid. Now I think they'll just end up sitting in front of the TV, or on the playstation or laptop.. Glued to a smartphone, etc."


I want that, too... but my issue comes with... I lived in a very safe neighborhood with lots of families. I don't live in that kind of neighborhood now.



Hell, I hate taking DD to the park because whenever we do I get 3 and 4 year old unattended children coming up to me and asking me to put them on the swing and play with them. Makes me feel terrible because they just want to play, but I'm like.... I don't know you, your parents are nowhere to be seen... I should not be picking you up to put you on a swing... I cannot be responsible for you.

UH-LEX-US Due June 9 (boy); 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 170 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" I was reading another thread and it made me wonder. My daughter obviously knows her first name but she ... [snip!] ... times I tell her our address, it stays 40-11 in her mind. :P When/how did you teach your kid everyone's full names? Address?"

I feel a little bad here. I never thought it was necessary to teach my kid her address (then again, we're unfortunately switching from my bf's and mom's occasionally). She knows her name, mine, most of the family's, just not full. I will teach her for school though. :)

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
27th Mar '13

And I'm just putting this out there as something *I* think kids should know

How and when to dial 911
How to use a payphone.

I've taught Cora how and when to call 911 and what information she has to give them. I hope she never has to, and I hope that if she does have to, she'll be able to think clear enough to follow the directions the operator gives

Now we're working on building and street recognition. Mostly to help her learn to read but it also helps her get around and learn about her city

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" And I'm just putting this out there as something *I* think kids should know How and when to dial 911 ... [snip!] ... on building and street recognition. Mostly to help her learn to read but it also helps her get around and learn about her city"</blockquote>




Make sure she also knows its dangerous to call when you don't need to.
My SO called 999 (UK emergency number) when he was little and they called back and have his mom a real earful, I think she was in the next room.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Sofia's Mummy♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" And I'm just putting this out there as something ... [snip!] ... (UK emergency number) when he was little and they called back and have his mom a real earful, I think she was in the next room."


Well yea, that goes with it. Cora knows it is only to call if I can't wake up, or if I need her to talk on the phone to them for some reason, or if she is lost.