"" The Exhausted Mom: "Little Ricky" the Invincible Kid

July 16, 2012

"Little Ricky" the Invincible Kid

I've taught my kids how to brush their teeth, how to take a shower alone, how to read and how to share.  I always stress the importance of the dangers in the kitchen and how families are forever.  Each of these lessons have been picked up by the boys and they are ever growing.  

The fact is that some lessons need to be experienced in order to stick.  

Here's a lesson that is hard to teach.
"Little Ricky" thinks he is invincible

When we are getting out of the car in a parking lot, he jumps out and starts walking.  I scream to him and explain that we have to hold hands to be safe.  He tells me, "Mom, there aren't any cars coming."  I explain to him that sometimes cars speed in parking lots and come out of nowhere.  But it doesn't get through to him.

When we are shopping in stores, "Little Ricky" tends to wander away.  You have no idea how many times I have turned to get something from the frozen case at BJs and then he's gone.  I panic and so does "The Nag" because he doesn't like losing his brother.  I sound like a crazy person screaming his name in the store.  I explain to him that there are scary people out there who want to take cute little kids and if anyone ever did that to him, I would be so sad.  He tells me, "Mommy, I will scream your name and you will find me."  He still doesn't get it.

These lessons are not the kind that I would rather him learn from experience.  You know what I mean?  

So my question is, how do I make these life lessons stick without him learning by actually having something happen to him?



  1. I try to make little rules that stop the behavior, though I struggle with it, too. My daughter is very shy and would never wander, but my son is a runner AND a wanderer. Something that's helping in the parking lot is: You have to be touching the car at all times until Mommy is holding your hand. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the tip....I may have to give into bribery!

  2. Yikes!!! My son is 2 and he has to stay in the cart because he will take off in the blink of an eye and I don't think that he understand staying with me and all the dangers out there yet. My girls on the other hand were easy peasy!

    1. Yeah, I hear girls are pretty easy. "Little Ricky" is 7 1/2....he should understand the dangers, but he really thinks nothing will happen to him.

  3. Maybe one time when you are in a store you should hide. Keep him in your view, but don't respond when he screams. Let him experience the reality of what it feels like to be lost. I know it sounds hardcore, right? But wouldn't you rather him experience it in a controlled environment and have it stick?

    1. Jill,
      I really like that idea...gotta teach "The Nag" to keep quiet though. He really gets paranoid when "Little Ricky" isn't right next to us. I will definitely try this one...


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