The Road Ahead : December 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 68 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2014/JAN 2015 MEMBER ESSENTIALS | YOUR STORIES the message to the masses via a book. "The storyline of the book basically came from her (Abbeny) and what I wanted her to practise with me in the carpark and at home," Luise said. "I had done all the talking with her about holding hands, but one day we left dancing and had to walk only about 15 metres to the car through a busy carpark. That's when she decided she didn't want to hold my hand and ran. "I ran after her and yelled 'stop' but she didn't -- she was less than two metres from stepping out from behind parked cars into the thoroughfare. We werelucky--Igottoherbutitgaveme the fright of my life. She wouldn't have stood a chance if a car had come. "She was just over two and she had to learn to walk safely. I thought I needed to show her and involved her in the process." Hold My Hand follows a simple storyline about how to behave when around vehicles, and routines children should follow to help them stay safe. The book also contains a series of safety messages and advice for parents and carers. "It's all about having those conversations with kids first and actually teaching them strategies right from day one," Luise said. "To me, holding their hand is the best way you're going to help keep your child safe." For more information or to order a copy of Hold My Hand, visit safetykids.net.au. hold my hand A CLOSE CALL IN A CARPARK WITH HER TWO-YEAR-OLD WAS ALL THE INSPIRATION RACQ MEMBER LUISE MANNING NEEDED TO PROMOTE DRIVEWAY SAFETY. STORY DEB ECCLESTON MOST PARENTS WOULD agree that keeping tabs on a toddler can be a challenge at the best of times. Any advice about how to keep them safe is golden, which is why early childhood educator Luise Manning decided to pen a book about exactly that. Hold My Hand aims to raise awareness about driveway safety and provide parents with simple tips to help avoid accidents. Even before she had her own child, Luise had seen firsthand the impact of driveway accidents. About 14 years ago her cousin's husband accidently ran over their eldest child, who was airlifted from Toowoomba to Brisbane for medical care and thankfully made a full recovery. "Another friend of my brother had twins and they'd gone outside to wave goodbye to mum as she was reversing to go shopping. One of the twins pulled away and her leg was run over, but luckily she was otherwise fine," Luise said. "I didn't have children at the time and didn't know what it was like living with a toddler and how quick they are. I guess that was always something I was conscious of though, because those incidents were always in the back of my mind." But it wasn't until years later when an incident with her own daughter, Abbeny, prompted her to promote It's all about having those conversations with kids first and actually teaching them strategies right from day one IMAGE: RACQ MEMBER LUISE MANNING AND HER DAUGHTER ABBENY.
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