There are few events in our life that can devastate us more than locking our children in our cars and leaving them accidentally. We read many stories about children who lose their life or are seriously injured as a result of being locked in cars and being left unattended. I once locked my children in the car when I tried to get someone’s attention. I instinctively locked the door when I got out of the car but forgot to take my key. Fortunately, I was able to tell my child how to open the door. It took about five minutes to explain it to her but it seemed like an hour due to the weather.
Develop a ritual that you do whether your child is in the car or not. Rituals become habits and habits are highly effective. Many successful people use rituals, especially sports professionals to make sure they take effective actions. It may seem silly at first or feel unusual but it can be effective. We live busy lives and our attention gets diverted to the many issues we face each day. Whether in a car or in the store our children can slip our minds and get away from us and it only takes a second. Children constantly want to explore their world as we take them out into it.
I see moms struggling with their children all the time. I see children walking away from their homes while they play and then they dart out into the street in a few seconds. Developing rituals and strategies to keep our children safe is a worthy time investment. The time we spend worrying and terrified when the missing child event occurs can be avoided.