Thursday, September 8, 2011

Extreme "Stranger Danger" reminder

Everyone knows about "Stranger Danger".  Even if you had totally slack parents, you at least got the info from a teacher at school - don't talk to strangers, don't accept candy from strangers and don't, under any circumstances, accept a ride ANYWHERE from. a. stranger!  Breaking any of the Stranger Danger rules always results in immediate death. Always.

Every once in awhile I like to remind my kids of the "Stranger Danger" rules just to be sure we're on the same page.  I did just that yesterday at Target.  We had to wait out the first of several torrential downpours inside before continuing on to the next store.  My kids were all ready to go home and play with their new Lego sets and tried repeatedly to talk me into dropping them off first but I wasn't buying it.  Tired, frustrated and at the end of my patience with them, I told them for the final time, "No, we're going to finish our grocery shopping."

Apparently, this wasn't good enough for my youngest who proceeded to stomp his foot, place a hand on his hip and announce, "I'm NOT leaving Target until you promise to drop us off at home first!"

I looked at him for a second, trying to decide how best to respond when I decided a "Stranger Danger" reminder was appropriate and then I said, "Fine. You can stay here until we come back next week to do big shopping but I sure hope no one else decides to take you home with them before we come back and kills you." I turned on my heel and walked out the door, with both boys following quickly (and quietly) behind me.  

A little extreme? Yeah, probably but it got my point across.  Mom - 1, Indignant Kids - 0

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