Ed's trick for keeping his son in one place while he packs the groceries into the car:
There is nothing more dangerous than a 5 year old in a parking lot while you are trying to put the groceries away. I started playing a little game of “Assume the position” with my son to keep him by the car and out of trouble.
Josh would place both hands on the side of the car, feet back and spread’em! He once again would not move until I said the magic word… “release”. I would get some pretty interesting looks from passers by.
I would praise my son for making my life so much easier and was always sure to add how safe it made me feel, knowing he was being so helpful.
Wow. I doubt this hack would have flown with my strong-willed son. But, then, Ed has a way of making it fun…I wonder? I just made sure that my kids were in the car, belted, before I even opened the trunk to unload the groceries.