Since I do some part-time child care out of our home, I have to abide by state licensing rules. One of those rules is monthly fire and tornado drills, which I have failed to do until this month. Last week we did our first fire drill. Since we had never really talked about fires, what the smoke alarms are for, and what we should do in a fire we talked about that for a few minutes. Brooke was getting really nervous as I was telling them that we were going to practice what to do in case there was ever a fire. Anyway, the drill itself went pretty well, but Brooke was really shaken up and nervous for a good thirty minutes after. I had Bill check the library for some educational books and videos about fire so we could talk some more about the issue.
That night we read a book about "stop, drop and roll." The girl could not have been more serious. She was all business listening to this book. At one time Bill was reading about heat sources and began naming all the heat sources we have in the house. With each one, Brooke would nod her head slightly and say, "kay." She did the same thing all the way through the book every time there was new instruction.
Hopefully when we do our tornado drill it won't be so scary for her.