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Does Your Child Know the Difference Between Fake and Real Emergencies?

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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7-Year-Old Calls 911 After Mom Refuses to Give Him Cookies​

by Mary Fischer

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D'oh! Something tells me his mother is never going to let him live this one down. A Utah 7-year-old called 911 because he wanted Oreos -- which his mom would not let him have after he requested "more."

That's right. He'd already had his share and wasn't satisfied. And so he figured he was in a state of emergency and somebody needed to come to the rescue.

And the story in itself would've actually been pretty humorous -- except for the fact that the kid gave the 911 operator a different tale when he called to report his "emergency."

He said that his mother had thrown a knife at him. And then when deputies got to the house, he fessed up and said he was simply upset that she would not let him have more Oreos.

Ok, so the fact that he would even think to accuse his mom of harming him is disturbing at best -- but let's put ourselves in this kid's shoes for a second before we go jumping to conclusions about what a horrible child he is.

I mean, the kid simply wanted seconds on dessert. And for a 7-year-old, being refused something he really wants must seem like a dire emergency. And what do we teach our kids to do when faced with an emergency? Exactly. Call 911.

I know I've taught my son (who just turned 8) the same thing -- but after hearing what this little boy did? I'm thinking it might not be a bad idea to go over what does and does not constitute a true emergency just to be on the safe side.

The last thing any of us needs is for our kiddos to get in some sort of a minor jam and think -- "Oh, I know! I'll just call the cops to come bail me out."

(Isn't there some sort of fine for fake 911 calls?)

Snort. I wonder if this kid realizes he's probably sealed his fate as far as ever being allowed to have an extra Oreo ever again?!? Something tells me his mom won't be buying them for quite some time -- like until he turns 18.

Does your child know the difference between real and fake emergencies?

by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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amberNewman0213
by Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM
My DD is three and she knows the difference. We are now teaching stranger danger which she takes to extremes.
goddess99
by Michelle on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I think my dd knows the difference. I would hope, she is 11.

johnny4ever
by Mrs. Depp on Mar. 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Oh my goodness!!!!lol

momtodab
by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM
My dd is 4. The whole stranger thing is funny. She will scream "mommy someone is taking to me" abd it will be like the cashier in the store song for my store card. TAlk about extremes....lol

Quoting amberNewman0213: My DD is three and she knows the difference. We are now teaching stranger danger which she takes to extremes.
splatz
by Sarah on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Oh my gosh.. I know my 8 year old does. Not so sure about my 3 year old though. 

Jennyanne322
by Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM
I would kick DS butt if he ever did that. He knows the difference between a real emergency and being told no for something.
ditsyjo
by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 9:04 PM

yes they do and it sounds like this kid knew he didn't have a real emergency too or he wouldn't have lied to get them there

delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

 I think they do...even the youngest.

la_bella_vita
by Silver Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM

 Yes, my kid's know the difference

celestegood
by Gold Member on Mar. 20, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Yeah, that's not funny!
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