As luck would have it, on the day I publish possibly the worlds worst poem (TM), I have an unusually high number of hits on my blog. This was due to two factors, firstly hubby mentioned me on a computer games forum (!) and secondly I was given and award by Metropolitan Mum (hooray!).
As you may have gathered pre-school has not been going well for toddler boy. I think at two he is simply too young, although I’m not sure what would happen if I had to go to work and he HAD to go. Yesterday, traumatised by having to spend 2 hours there with him, fending off other kids who bombarded me with requests:
‘help me with this…’
‘you sit here..’
‘[toddler boy’s] crying again…’
‘I want to sit there’ points to Fifi in her pushchair
‘you help with [cue 200 different things]…’
I was standing outside discussing the situation with one of my friends when toddler boy made a break for it and literally ran straight into the road. Now, I realise that he is traumatised by all of this but I don’t think he has been driven to suicide. So it seems that my strict road safety warnings have not got through. I use reins most of the time but on this occasion I was feeling sorry for him. I thought I’d let him get away with it, particularly as he seemed permanently stuck to my leg anyway. In my shock, I ran straight into the road myself. Christ, we could have both been dead. His soft toy bunny ended up in hospital all day. This caused maximum upset to the boy which was what I intended to do.
The whole scenario got me and hubby thinking about how to tell a two year old about road safety and how to make sure it sticks. We have come to the conclusion that we really need to scare the living daylights out of him. But how? We tried showing him some horrific internet videos and stuff, but that didn’t seem to work so if anyone has any suggestions, I’d be very grateful.
In the meantime, a few months back, I got sent a lot of road safety information and I didn’t have the chance to put it up here as I was busy having Fifi, but I thought this might be a good post to highlight it. I hope you find it useful, we certainly have!