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How do you impress things upon your toddlers?

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CountessDracula Thu 17-Mar-05 13:12:15

I told my 2.5 yo dd that she musn't run in the road or move in car parks because a car might run her over. Now she screams and runs to me every time she hears a car!

Was I too honest?

I tend to tell her things in a fairly forthright way;

rickman Thu 17-Mar-05 13:15:05

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soapbox Thu 17-Mar-05 13:17:01

This reminds me of the day I took my DS and DD up to London for the day, the first time they were no longer in push chairs.

I emphasised that they must hold my hand as there might be 'bad people' around. DD was fine - took it all in her stride.

DS on the other hand, clung to me like a limpet the whole way round London eyeing up every passing person suspiciously and asking in a very loud voice whether they were a 'bad person'. Cue lengthy discussions as to the fact that bad people don't actually look like baddies etc etc. Meet with wails of 'well how will I know' and 'how do you know' in the generally vein of 'well now we are all doomed if we can't even tell who the baddies are'[GRIN]

Since that day I have given rather more consideration to DS's likely response to my rather carelessly uttered warnings on the perils that life holds!!

soapbox Thu 17-Mar-05 13:17:47

Sorry for all the typos - rushing as I'm at work

elliott Thu 17-Mar-05 13:19:03

Well I'm tempted to make a sarky comment about not having cars in the 'country'

But no, I also tell things how they are - my ds1 is also now a bit ott in that he will tell me off if I am not on the pavement or if I cross on the red man. And I have also heard him saying to ds2 when he is crying 'don't worry, mummy isn't going to die'....
you could try reassuring her that it is safe on the pavement.....

CountessDracula Thu 17-Mar-05 13:20:10

Really elliot? From my experience you spend most of your life in a car in the country because everything is so far away

elliott Thu 17-Mar-05 13:22:30

Yes but we live in a CITY WHICH IS NOT LONDON. did you hear it that time?

CountessDracula Thu 17-Mar-05 13:24:25

It is still the country IMO

Can you please continue this on the other thread? See my new pc non-london reference

pinotgrigio Thu 17-Mar-05 13:25:30

Not London???? Where's that then??

CountessDracula Thu 17-Mar-05 13:27:21

Oh just some weird place outside the boundaries of the London A-Z, don't worry about it

pinotgrigio Thu 17-Mar-05 13:46:29

Phew. I was getting a bit worried then. Not London? Whatever next!!

LIZS Thu 17-Mar-05 14:24:31

Mine's similar and she is a year older !! We park in an underground car park so the noise resonates and that is what scares her. She is pretty sensible near roads though so I guessed it has worked.

Bozza Thu 17-Mar-05 14:40:17

Don't think you were too honest CD. She will probably settle down in time. My DS is another who takes things to extremes, tells me off, is forever scuttling round to the side of the pram away from the road etc.

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