Children are amazing, especially when they are learning things we do not realize we are teaching them. One of the most important things we can teach our kids is how to react in an emergency. However, how can we teach that?
In this story, a New Jersey girl stops the vehicle when her grandfather dies saving herself and others. When Miranda Bowman stopped the pickup in the trees she admitted no one “taught” her, she learned from watching and paying attention to others around her.
This tween proves adults teach by demonstration or example. Parents should prepare their children for emergencies the same way. As parents, you cannot bring yourself to think of the unthinkable, but it just might save your child’s life.
If the child is old enough, make sure the child knows how to get outside and how to unlock the doors in an emergency. Recently I taught one of my children how to unlock the doors and where the keys are. I have two children and one has autism, so all the doors have keyed locks. Since the locks are keyed, I was concerned about my other child’s well being if I went outside to get the mail, take out the trash, or if something happened to me.
Make sure your child knows when to call for help. Show them numbers for local departments in case they are unsure it is an emergency. They will have learned about 911 from the time they entered school. Make sure they know when to use it.
Show your child how to stop a vehicle. Let them sit in the driver’s seat. Have them put their foot on the break pedal and push the break down. Let them know if they cannot push the break down to either put the vehicle in neutral or to shift to park or to turn the vehicle to park. Warn them that these actions may cause the vehicle to jerk to a sudden standstill or drift to a stop, but the vehicle will stop. Prepare them for what will happen when they try to stop the vehicle.
Most importantly ask your child what he or she would do in an emergency. Give your child specific examples and let them answer questions for specific situations. Treat it like a quiz game. Tell them what you might do in that situation. When it comes to preparing them, do not push them or make them think something bad is going to happen. This will only stress them and make them think something bad will happen. Remember that no one knows what they will do until the situation arises. Forming a concrete plan ahead of time may assist them in dealing with the situation.
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