MY CHILDREN TOOK CANDY FROM A STANGER THIS WEEKEND!
While I lectured them…..they continued to lick on their lollipops!
I was FURIOUS! I have spent hours lecturing them about stranger danger! I even give them exact scenarios!! I quiz them on what to do if a police officer comes to the door. I ask them if they would ever look on the inside of an ice cream truck, if the driver said they could. I ask them if they should give their address to anyone, who claims to be a modeling or singing scout.
After reminding them that they don't have any of these talents, I tell them “NOOOOO”! “You shouldn't”!
Everyone of those Dateline shows brings me to panic and tears! Watching those children make poor decisions, simply makes a parent sick!…..But with each new episode, my children get yet another lecture, and quiz on what to do or not to do.
They have had police officers come to their schools, to tell them of dangers, and lecture them even more! They watch those stupid teeny bopper shows that teach these lessons every other week!!! Just what does it take!
Here's how it happened….
I let them have a little more freedom this time, on our camping trip, because they are reaching that age. I allowed for them to use the restroom on their own (always having to take a buddy), and let all 4 of them ride their bikes to the playground together, with the deal that they all stay together the whole time!!
I was playing corn hole, and enjoying conversation with the adults, when they all pull up on their bikes with these lollipops! Naturally, I said “Where did you get those”?
“From the guy down there by the playground”.
With a little alarm in my voice I say “What GUY”?!!!!
“I don't know! Just this guy”.
Now I'm escalating! “You took candy from a stranger”!
Their heads went immediately down, but the suckers were still in their mouths!
I asked them what would have made them do that. I reminded them that I had spent countless hours teaching them to never take candy from strangers. “What were you thinking”!
“It was okay mama, he had a little boy with him”………
“WHAT DOES THAT MEAN”!! My vision was skewing!
“Plus mama, he was VERY nice”.
I seriously thought my head would spin off! This was a nightmare!
They got a serious tongue lashing from me, as I reminded them that these weirdos are always nice, until they get you to their house. Why would they be mean to you…. You wouldn't go with them that way!
Yet they continued to eat those stupid suckers….
I should have taken them in hindsight, but I thought I could shame them into putting them down on their own. However, they didn't even stop eating them when I said “What if they're poisoned”?
Again, they told me he was too nice for that!
After I told Renee what happened, she became livid as well. She then told them to all line up for their second tongue lashing! My youngest daughter said “Oh no, is this about that guy that gave us candy again!!!!! SERIOUSLY??!
Needless to say, they got their advanced privileges taken away until a later date. We obviously have some more speeches in order, and I probably should still induce vomiting!
But really, it just goes to show, that even if you are psychotically teaching them about dangers, they will still not make the safe decisions that you think they would.
…..Then again, maybe it's just MY children. Maybe if I was less dramatic about everything else, they would believe me on this one.
Has anyone else had similar scenarios….. OR is it really just me?