Leaving your kids alone for any amount of time is stressful enough, but especially when you’re in an emergency situation.
That was the case for Jodie Norton, who recently found out arming your children with the correct safety advice is the easiest way to keep your children safe when youhave to leave them by themselves for a period of time.
Jodie was suffering from a ruptured ovarian cyst, and drove herself to the nearby hospital where she was immediately admitted to the emergency room.
Shethought she was leaving her sons, aged eight and ten, on a bench outside the clinic for five minutes as they waited for a neighbor to arrive and take them to school.
The neighbor, however,was actually coming from much further away, and the boys were left on a bench outside the hospital for a full forty minutes.
What happened next left her simultaneously sick and grateful.
As explained on her blog Time Well Spent, the boys were approached by an adult female and two punk males who asked them if theyd help them out by going into the bathroom where her boyfriend was hiding from the doctor and see if they could convince him to come out and get treated.’
CJ, the oldest boy, began to repeat no, thank you at the strangers, in an attempt to get them to go away. The strangers persisted, saying, Please? You could really save his life if youd just go in that bathroom and tell him its safe to come out.
Thankfully, the strangers eventually gave up and drove off.
Shortly afterward, the neighbor showed up and my boys jumped in his car, but, not before they saw a third adult male come out from the bathroom, jump into the car with these other three hooligans and drive off,” Jodie said. “My mouth hung open the entire time they relayed this account.
She added: My anger and shock turned to immense gratitude, however, when I heard CJ spout off a family stay safe rule we went over way too long ago that helped him know these creeps were up to no good. Most specifically, a tip for identifying a tricky person.’
Jodie had learned about the concept of tricky people from a child safety program called Safely Ever After by Pattie Fitzgerald.
This idea is to stop kids associating the word stranger with danger, since sometimes asking a stranger for help is the best course of action for a young child in danger.
Instead, Safely Ever After suggests that adults talk to their kids about tricky people adults who will go up to children to ask them for help, even if there are other adults around.
Jodie has since notified police of the incident, and they are reviewing CCTV from outside the hospital in an attempt to catch the predators.
When its all said and done, the phrase knowledge is power undoubtedly applies to our kids keeping themselves safe,” Jodie said.
“We know we wont always be physically present to protect our kids from everything Im sure you lose sleep over this like I do,” she added. “But, we can empower them and give them confidence by teaching them what they can do in these kind of situations.
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