I'm never sure how extreme I should go when explaining to the kids how dangerous things can be. But I don't want to sugar coat things either.
They have all known what "choking hazards" are since they could talk. And they know they are not allowed to go to sleep with a hoodie on, or a balloon with a string in their room, etc. They know to never wrap a cord to their blinds around their necks. Or wind themselves up in their curtains.
Tate is even able to tell you why he must hold my hand in the parking lot and what would happen if a car were to run over him.
As a parent, however, I'm never quite sure what all is sinking in or what they are comprehending or remembering. This afternoon, I got a little glimpse.
Drue and Tate were playing in the basement while I picked up the upstairs. All of a sudden Tate came tearing up the steps and asked, "Mommy, can you plug in the radio?".
"Sure, I'll come plug in the radio for you", I answered, not really thinking that much about it.
Drue was two steps behind him and explained, "I told him not to plug it in because it would shock him. And he would die!".