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    Default How to explain this serious situation to my kids

    We r staying at my dads at the moment so the front door doesn't always get locked (deadlock from the outside)
    So anyways

    My 2 kids 4 & 3, have for the 2nd time run onto the middle of the road. Just now they opened the front door themselves while we were upstairs getting dressed.

    Both times we've had drivers bring them back to the front door.

    I don't know how else to explain road safety to them.

    They have no concept of how serious this is, they both just look at me as if its funny. The truck driver who brought them to the front door was scared sh1tless that they were on the road.

    What would have happened if someone grabbed them instead of stopping to help them?

    And, I'm afraid to say they don't have any reaction unless they get a smack. I don't like smacking but Ffs they think this is a game.

    How else do I explain this?

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    Wow that's a tough one! We have a little escapee who lives next door to us and I've taken him home a few times. He doesn't get it either but we are very lucky to live in a tiny cul-de-sac.

    My only suggestion would be some kind of latch up high that the kids can't get to. I love my doors - I can deadlock them from the inside and if I lock the screen with my key then it can only be opened with said key.

    Good luck xx

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    Can you put a security door on? Or take them with you upstairs.

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    If they don't get it, you need to talk to your father and other house members to make sure that they get it and keep the door locked.

    stop the cycle of excitement of running out for awhile, and the kids might forget about it.

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    How scary! You must of been beside yourself.

    Would your Dad consider installing a door chain at the top of the door? I think you can pick them up from Bunnings for like $10. That will at least stop them from getting on to the street.

    In terms of how to explain it to them - it's a tough one. They're still little so you may not be able to rely on them just being told not to do it.

    I had a similiar situation where about 18 months ago my kids were playing in the backyard and the side gate was open. They got to the front yard. Ever since then I obsessively check the gate is locked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkPink View Post

    Would your Dad consider installing a door chain at the top of the door? I think you can pick them up from Bunnings for like $10. That will at least stop them from getting on to the street.
    I think this ^^^^

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    I think while the kids are there everyone needs to be vigilant at making sure the door is properly locked. I wouldn't bank on the kids getting it, the adults need to.

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    You're right they have no concept of road safety at that age so the responsibility falls on the adults in the house. Geez you're lucky none of them have been hit but it's not a risk I would or think you should take.

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    Totally agree you try latch/lock the door properly but my DS (3.5) is very aware of road safety , we do walk a lot and he knows you have to hold hands while crossing and that he can't cross a road without an adult as it's dangerous - so I would start explaining/teaching them and maybe take them for a walk and practice crossing the roads ? Also do you have consequences when they run on the road so they know its not funny and they will get in trouble for doing it?

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    The door needs to be secured better. They are too little to have this responsibility- I agree with a PP- it falls to the adults. Get a chain for the door. Surely your dad would allow you to put one on to keep his grand kids alive- might sound melodramatic but you said a truck driver found them on the road- they could have been killed. Smacking them isn't the answer- prevention is what you need.

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