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Would your child know what to do if they found themselves left behind?

Posted by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:24 AM
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School's Field Trip Fiasco Might Make You Think Twice About Signing That Permission Slip​​

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A story that starts off like every mom's worst field trip nightmare has a happy ending thanks to a student keeping his cool after his class -- including his teacher -- headed back to school without him

Dominick Blades, 11, of Gresham, Oregon, says he asked a teacher if he could use the bathroom during the visit to Rockwood Central Park, but when he returned, “nobody was there.”

Though he admitted he was getting pretty scared, Dominick didn't panic. Instead, he knocked on a door, asked for directions, and found his way back. 

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What's even more disturbing is what the boy says happened when he arrived at school:

Then I finally found my way back and when I got there, they didn't even notice I was gone.

The fact that this child was missing for 30 minutes seems unfathomable to any mom. You start to ask: Where were the chaperones? Why wasn't a head count taken? Did the teacher completely forget Dominick had asked to use the bathroom? 

Rather than dwell on these questions, which seem largely unanswered, let's acknowledge the fact that sometimes mistakes are made. Things fall through the cracks, and when they do, it's important that kids know how to handle it.

While it's definitely upsetting that this boy found himself alone, he didn't curl up in a ball sobbing and fall apart. He took it upon himself to find the answers he needed.

As much as we can try to always be there for our kids and protect them, there are times like this one when it's beyond our control. Rather than sheltering kids from the world, we should be preparing them to live in it by talking about what to do should they find themselves in an unfamiliar place by themselves. Just starting that conversation could make the situation a lot less frightening for both of you.

Would your child know what to do if they found themselves left behind?

by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:24 AM
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ivy801
by Big Mama on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:26 AM
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Good question, let's test it.
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OwlNuggets
by HAIL NUGGY! on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:28 AM

I cackled at this. xD

Quoting ivy801: Good question, let's test it.


aponder
by Bronze Member on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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They've seen home alone 1-3 as instructional videos.  Just kidding, this is why I think cell phones for older kids are a great idea.

Jblb
by Emerald Member on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:29 AM
My 5 year old would. My 2yo, doubt it.
Jblb
by Emerald Member on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM
I knew I was missing something!! Lol

Quoting aponder:

They've seen home alone 1-3 as instructional videos.  Just kidding, this is why I think cell phones for older kids are a great idea.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:39 AM
I think its important to teach kids what to do. Ds is 4 from the time he was 2 he knew our address. He knows if he ever gets lost find a officer and give them our address. He also has a bracelet that has our info in it if something happens. Its never too early to start teaching them.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:42 AM
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The boy was 11, I don't think its a miracle he knew what to do.
mistie900
by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:45 AM
My kids know what to do if they are lost or we get separated.
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MicheleJM
by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Yeah ds11 probably would find a phone and call me.  He also has his own phone for reason like this.  So does ds14.

SallieSusie
by Member on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM
This is a scary world we live in. I would like to think my my 7yo would know what to do. We have discussed if he ever got lost to find someone in uniform, or another mommy with a baby/child.Or walk into a business and ask someone to help that works there.And if it was AT a store to find someone working behind a cash register. Its horrifying to think of those "crime of opportunity" stories you see on tv.
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