I've always felt a bit bad that I am so strict with my kids about road crossing, stopping, waiting for me, and that basically I bellow at Matthew to stop as he is scooting, in plenty of time before he hits the edge of the pavement outside school near the very busy road and he is "trained" to listen and stop. Today, a child (not mine) scooted out in front of a car, before I could grab him. Thankfully the driver had good reflexes and good brakes because it would have not ended well otherwise. As near a miss as it could be. Very shaken parent and child, and driver. Long conversation with my children who saw the whole thing, about road safety and now they know why I'm so strict. I had a moment of guilt yesterday that I was too rigid about safety but can cheerfully say I don't know. Rather be strict, teach my kids to listen when I say to stop and how to be safe, than hit by a car.