My three year old scares me. I’m far from a Helicopter Mom, but the fact that my son has no concept of consequence, no matter how much we work with him, scares me to no end. Paired with the fact that he’s lightening-quick, my heart has dropped on many an occasion these past few months.
I loathe malls, but despise large malls even more. I had to take my iPhone to the Apple Store over the summer, and King of Prussia mall is our closest store. I was already on edge, my phone having stopped working properly just a day before I needed to provide live social media coverage for an event. I went to KOP mall without an appointment, desperate to get my phone working again. I stopped into the Apple Store, received an appointment time for an hour later, and set off to occupy my already antsy not-yet-three-year old.
When I received the text from Apple, saying they were ready for me, I scrambled to make it back to the store within the 15 minute time limit. D was newly potty trained and threatened to have an accident, so I frantically searched for a restroom and then discovered that I was lost in the insanely large mall. We made it back to the store in the nick of time, and I set out explaining the phone issues I was having. Just as we had moved over to a Genius Bar, the employee and myself puzzling over the issue, my son took off out of the store and into the busy mall. I left my phone and purse and ran after him, dodging people and desperately trying to reign him in. It happened in an instant, and he could have been nabbed while he was out of my eyesight. So, so scary.
And then there was the playing in the parking lot incident. Look, three year olds are smart – they know exactly how to take advantage of that minute-to-minute-and-a-half moment you’re not paying attention. I was at the post office this week, having 30+ auction packages scanned in, and the moment the postal worker began talking to me about an issue with one package, D was out the door and into the parking lot. The worst part? It took me a minute or so to realize that he had run out. Not only was it dangerous for him to be out in the busy post office parking lot, but again, someone could have taken advantage of the situation and nabbed him during the [eternally long] time he was out of eyesight.
Consider these facts from the US Department of Justice:
- Every 40 seconds a child goes missing.
- Approximately 51% of missing children are missing because they got lost, separated, or miscommunicated with their caregiver.
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*This post is sponsored by Not Your Child, however, all opinions expressed are my own.