Two days ago we had a situation where we witnessed a child nearly drowning. The 3 year old fell in the pool and he struggled for breath, his poor mother watched in horror as he was gasping for air. She was petrified, screaming for help , unable to act herself due to shock. A man jumped in his clothes and pulled the struggling toddler out.
My children watched the situation very carefully. My 5 year old made a valid point about “he should have turned on his back and float” , but then my son said to her that maybe he just panicked.
This whole situation made me realise that children’s perception of danger and emergency may be a lot different than ours. As grown up we often think we are capable of dealing with various situation , observing this poor mother I came to conclusion that I don’t pay much attention to the fact my kids may not be able to face a certain danger as they don’t have the skills to do so.
Therefore we sat down today and we talked about different types of emergencies. I listened to my children’s point of view.
And I have learned a lot.
We created a little printable where we wrote down how we would have dealt with certain situations in a real life. I have introduced the “password” idea which they both really liked.
The main problem was to agree on the password and remembering it!
I think this topic will be coming back to our homeschooling schedule. I’m under impression that they need to be reminded about how to act in emergencies, to make sure they save themselves and not the favourite toys. This is a serious matter which wasn’t addressed in our household enough. We will work on it.
How about you?
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download it here drowning
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Ps. Those printable are for home use or classroom use only.