Today’s question is: How do you get your kids to stop running into the street?
Background: This answer may surprise you…..it’s squirrels. Yep squirrels, squirrels can help you to get your kids to not run into the street.
Let me explain.
Years ago when my kids were little, they liked to go into the street from time to time. I decided that fear was going to be my partner in crime on this one, fear, just might be the answer to this problem. Lucky for me one of the neighborhood squirrels did me a huge favor. He died. More importantly he was run over by a car right in front of our house. It was my lucky day.
I marched my kids into the middle of the street and told them the following story:
Look at this little ones, look at this! This poor little squirrel did not listen to his mama. He ran into the street and didn’t look both ways first and wasn’t careful. He just ran out there and splat, a car hit him. Now he is squished and dead and he has to go live with God. Now, God is good and nice an all that but, He is not mama. Now that squirrel is never going to see his mama or his brothers or sisters again. Ever. Little ones, if you run into the street the same exact thing could happen to you and I would miss you very much and be very very sad. Please do not be like the squirrel. Please.
Those wide eyes looked at the squirrel and looked at me and they never, ever ran into the road again. To this day I still come out to watch them sometimes (even though they are completely capable of making it now that they are big).