Things I Tell My Child/Children To Do If Separated From Me In A Public Place
Requested from @BWN_7
- •If my children are ever separated from me in a public place, we have a plan.
- •Recently we had to use that plan for the first time when my 7 year was lost for 25 minutes at a spartan race.
- •1) Find a mom with kids or a person with a military or police uniform. (We live on an army base so this shouldn't be too hard.)
- •Ask if they can call me. (My kids memorize my phone number at an early age but before they're old enough, I write it in sharpie on their upper arm, under their sleeve.)
- •NEVER go ANYWHERE with ANYONE for ANY REASON. If a police officer tells you to get in his car, tell him no. If the person in a uniform tells you to follow them into a building for a phone, say no. Don't go ANYWHERE.
- •Jack made me really proud with this one when he was lost last month. It was very hot and the mom that he found offered to buy him a water while they waited for me but the line for water was a little bit away from where they were waiting. He politely thanked her but said his mom would rather he waited right there.
- •If you can't find a mom, police officer, or soldier, sit down in a safe place where a lot of people can see you and wait for one to come along.
- •Don't panic. I will always find you.
- •Know that most people are good, but sometimes bad people pretend to be good. A crowd is safe, one on one is a risk. Trust your gut.