Originally Posted by North_Of_60
.....and put the fear of death into them when they attempt it. And I'm only kidding a little bit.
Every single time. Apparently I'm not scary enough. I have told her she cannot go outside without Mommy. I've warned her of dangers of being outside without Mommy. I've told her she needs me with her to keep her safe:
from moving cars,
dangerous people (there are 2 registered child sex offenders living in our neighborhood),
unfriendly loose dogs,
angry people including children and adults, men and women (random acts of violence among neighbors acting stupid that I've witnessed just a couple houses down),
falling on the sharp rocks, etc.
I don't give her the whole list every single time, but at least two of those are mentioned each time. Abigail overhears me talk to Sophia and will tell Sophia to wait for Mommy so no bad men will get her (not even words I've used, but apparently how Abigail has interpreted what I said).
I tell her it is NOT OK for her to EVER open the front door by herself. I tell her only Mommy or Daddy can open the door. I tell her she CAN NOT go outside by herself. I tell her she can only go outside with Mommy or Daddy.
I've been giving her these lectures for several months now and I'm hoping they'll eventually sink in. I'm constantly on edge, worrying she has escaped. Such as when I go in the bathroom to fold laundry and she's in the living room playing with toys, I tell them to come with me to help and if they try to leave the bathroom before I'm done, I drop the laundry on the floor to follow them or bring them back. Or if they wake before I do. One morning, before putting on my glasses, I stumble sleepily to the bathroom for my morning pee, Sophia comes along. I glanced down the hall toward the computer and see what I 'think' is Abigail sitting on the chair playing on the computer. (the past week she's been getting on it herself in the morning to play uptoten and starfall..... she even knows how to open a browser window and select the folder on my toolbar that has the list of bookmarks for kid sites). I came out of bathroom, went in living room and found the chair empty an panicked thinking somehow Abigail got out of the house, even though this is more a problem with Sophia. I look out the window, I go down the hall calling out her name, I look in the bathroom, then back in the bedroom to discover she's still sleeping in bed. I had just imagined I'd seen her, in my sleepy, glassless state. This is obviously stressing me out.
No problems so far today, and I still cannot find that harness.