Case in point:
In the afternoons, I work as a School Crossing Supervisor at the local primary school. Last week, a young girl about three years old came to the crossing with her mother to collect her brother from school. When they reached the crossing, the girl refused to hold her mother’s hand as they crossed the road.
“Dora doesn’t hold hands,” she stated defiantly.
“She does when she’s crossing a busy road,” her mother replied.
“No she doesn’t! She’s an explorer.” The girl shouted and ran across the road.
Luckily, I had the traffic stopped.
The same thing happened the next day as well and mum was getting frustrated.
I’m not a huge Dora the Explorer fan myself and have no idea if she holds hands crossing the road or not, but this girl needs to or she’ll end up a statistic. That’s not going to happen at my crossing. The paperwork for that would be unbelievable!
So, I had an idea and this is what I came up with. I printed it up on a fridge magnet.
The following day I took the girl aside and explained the picture to her; how Dora was holding Boots’ hand to keep him safe and how she had to hold mum’s hand so mum could keep her safe crossing the road.
I gave her the magnet as a reminder.
Every day since, she has held mum’s hand at the crossing and she always says hello and has a smile for me.
So the moral is write characters who will have a positive influence on children.