Strategies I used to keep my son safe
2. Even though your toddler doesn't speak many words, say 'hold Mummy's hand' each time you take them from their car seat and you put them down on the ground in front of the car door space. You will have to think ahead as to where you put your handbag and anything else you have before you get your child out of the car. You only have two hands!
3. As my son got older I started explaining what things to look for when we were walking behind parked cars in the carpark.
* Look out for reversing lights - I pointed out that the white lights are the reversing lights and to look to see if they are on.
* Listen for the car's motor. Can you hear it?
* Remember that you are short. The driver can't see you. I am tall, so make sure you stay with me.
* We would also talk about the crosswalk markings on the road and to make sure a car has stopped before crossing.
How are you teaching your children to stay safe in the carpark?
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