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How Two Words Saved Two Little Boys From Being Kidnapped

A thankful mum is crediting just two words with saving her two eldest sons from harm.

Jodie Norton took to her blog, Time Well Spent, to explain how her quick-thinking kids turned what could have been a terrifying incident into a very lucky escape.

It all started, Jodie says, when she had to make a dash to the hospital with an “unbearable pain”, bringing her four kids along for the trip.

“In a moment of what I deem foggy-thinking ‘pain brain’, I left my two oldest boys outside the ER door on a bench to await our kind neighbour, who said he was coming to pick them up and take them to school,” Jodie wrote.

“I had wrongly assumed my neighbour was coming from his house (not somewhere farther away) so my two boys sat out front of the ER for 40 minutes – not the five minutes I had expected.”

Jodie goes on to explain that when her two boys came home from school that afternoon, they told her that, in the 40 minutes they were sitting on the bench at the hospital, they had been approached THREE times by strangers asking them to go to the bathroom with them.

“They were approached by an adult female and two punk males who asked them if they’d ‘help them out by going into the bathroom where her boyfriend was hiding from the doctor and see if they could convince him to come out and get treated’,” the horrified mother continued.

“Even after CJ replied, ‘No thank you’, they kept at them.”

Eventually the kids’ persistent refusals were heard and, just before they got into their neighbour’s car, they saw “a third adult male come out from the bathroom, jump into a car with these other three hooligans and drive off”.

Jodie says it was teaching her kids two words that helped them that day – “tricky people”.

“CJ [said]: “Mom, I knew they were tricky people because they were asking us for help,” Jodie explained.

“Adults don’t ask kids for help.”

The blogger credits Pattie Fitzgerald’s Safely Ever After for helping her teach her kids about the tricky people technique; the theory is that parents need to “stop telling [their] kids not to talk to strangers. They might need to talk to a stranger one day. Instead teach them which sort of strangers are safe.”

Thankfully Jodie’s kids were able to apply what their mum had taught them to what could have been seriously scary situation.

“This experience has made me grateful that we had gone over this in the past, but even more so, it’s made me determined to continue going over these stay safe rules,” Jodie concludes.

“Regularly.”

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