No pork chops for Leonie

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Nutrition: Health, Development/Milestones: Babies, Day Care & Education

It's been a long time since I've had pork chops, but that's not because I don't like them. For Leonie Terry, however, the longer the better, it seems. The precocious three-year-old didn't like the idea of pork chops for lunch and took it upon herself to do something about it. She decided to go home for lunch instead.

The only problem was, she didn't tell anyone at her school. She just up and left and started walking the half mile to her home. She made it about a quarter mile and was headed for a busy highway when she was spotted by the manager of a real estate agency. "I saw this little girl run past in school uniform and then across a road on her own so I ran after her and brought her back to the shop," said Gemma Bailey. "She didn't have a coat or bag with her. When we phoned the school they said they didn't even know she was missing."

Having a determined and opinionated three-year-old myself, I can totally understand this happening. What impresses me about this story, however, is that Ms. Bailey actually took the time and made the effort to protect the little girl. I'm not sure too many people would do that around here. In any case, I'm very glad little Leonie is okay and I hope her parents remember to send a bag lunch the next time the school is planning pork chops!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.