Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Most Important Thing You Can Teach Your Toddler

Today's post is found at my column over at Parent Society. It's one of the scariest things that happened to me when I was the mother of a toddler, and how we learned what the most important piece of information is that you could ever teach your child!

As always, I'll start it over here and let you finish it up at Parent Society! Enjoy!!


The Most Important Thing You Can Teach Your Toddler

When my daughter was 2 years old, I had one of the most scary situations occur that every mother fears. We were shopping at our local super center, and I told my husband I was running back to the sunglasses section, and to keep an eye on our daughter in the toy section. I was only gone for about three minutes, and when I returned to the toy section, my husband had a frantic look on his face.

“I can’t find her,” is all he could say.

What did he mean, he couldn’t find her? I was gone for three minutes and she was standing right next to him when I left. He said he was looking at the puzzles and he looked down and she was gone. It had only taken about 15 seconds for this to occur.

My mind raced as I ran through the toy aisles. No daughter. I started running toward the nearest exit when a voice came over the loud speaker:

“Would Morgan and Colin please come to register 29?”

That’s my name … and my husband’s name.

As I ran toward the registers with tears streaming down my face, I heard people around me say, “that must be Morgan,” as they cleared the aisle for me. I got to register 29, and there was my daughter — my beautiful 2-year-old. I ran to her and wrapped my arms around her.

There was an older woman standing there with her, along with the super center employees. “I spotted her walking...

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6 comments:

  1. FYI I just shook my daughter awake to ask her if she knew my name. Her being 6 now meant she looked up at me and asked "What is wrong with you?" But she got it right. The toddlers however responded with "Biscuit" and "Flashlight" so they aren't quite there yet. But if anyone finds a kid looking lost and asking for a biscuit or a flashlight in the middle of WalMart... that one's mine.

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    1. I'll definitely keep that in mind. Biscuit and Flashlight = Hannah's kids, lol. ;)

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  2. Oh man! This happened at a park not too long ago for us. There was mass confusion and I tried to stay calm, but after circling the playground twice I started to freak. (My husband was supposed to be watching him)

    We eventually found him in that jungle coming down the slide. I have never been so relieved in my life. Good advice for moms with toddlers!! Thank you!

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    1. No problem. It was scary stuff for us... which is probably why I have a hard time letting them out of my sight now, 9 years later, lol.

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  3. My soon-to-be 3-year-old knows our names as well. She also knows that if she is lost or "loses Mommy" she is to ask for help and say "I have lost my Mommy. Can you help me?" (This actually happened in Target recently where she lost me around a corner. I heard her say the above phrase exactly!) In addition, because my In-Laws watch her frequently, my MIL has taught DD her name as well. Great job to you and your friend! (I think my MIL actually started teaching names before we did mainly because we don't usually call each other our real names. She does)

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  4. UPDATE! My 2 year old KNOWS our names now. First middle and last. lol and his. I am not sure if this is a good or a bad thing. He thinks it's funny to call me Mommy Candice Godby Franklin ALL DAY LONG.

    Totally worth it if I lose him though!

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