“This is the third time I’ve told you to take out the trash!”
“How many times do I have to tell you??”
“If I have to tell you one more time…”
I always swore I’d never make statements like that as a mom, but of course I have. However, I’ve realized that in a crisis, I will need their immediate and focused attention and obedience. Here are two strategies I’ve used to train them to do this
- I noticed that the tone of my voice is pivotal to quick obedience. I generally have a very soft voice, and if you’ve heard any of my radio shows, you know that! I sometimes wonder if that makes it easier for my kids to ignore my directions and requests. So, what I’ve done is train them to recognize the difference in my everyday tone of voice and the one I would use in an emergency. I did this by demonstrating different tones of voice from, “Please empty the dishwasher,” to “Get out of the road NOW!” The key is instantaneous obedience. Rising flood waters just isn’t a good time for a kid to yawn and say, “Yeah, yeah. In a minute, MOM!”
- If a situation ever arises when a gun may be fired in our home, say in the event of a home invasion, I don’t want to worry about my kids being in the line of fire. If I’m the one armed and ready to protect my brood, hesitating just for a second could mean the difference between life and death for all of us. My kids know all about gun safety, so what I did was to sit down with them and explain how important it was for them to be out of the line of fire if an armed and dangerous person is ever in or near our home. Here’s what the are to do: drop to the ground immediately and without question. To rehearse this, on occasion I’ll yell, “Kids! Drop to the floor!” or just, “Kids! Drop!” Then, I check to make sure that wherever they are, they’ve dropped! I know, I know. It might sound crazy, but what’s crazier? Having innocent kids wandering around in a lethal situation or training them ahead of time to avoid danger?
By the way, I started teaching this to my kids when they were 8 and 10 years-old. The only reason I didn’t teach it earlier, is because I didn’t think of it!
Here’s what some people on the Survival Mom Facebook page have to say about this topic:
From Prudent Pantry: I am blessed with 5 kids, 4 of them have autism. I herd cats for a living 🙂 BUT I have a special mommy voice that I use ONLY in emergencies that everyone attends to. I draw a clear line between hurry up we need to go to church and the house is burning down get out.
From Andrea Lynch: This is weird, but we have a sort of code word for our kids that means “this is for real, listen up.” Thought it might come in handy.
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