Suddenly he said, “Oh awesome!! Can I?” as he’s looking at my hairdryer.
“Can you what? You don’t have any hair! You don’t need to use my hairdryer!”
“No Mommy, I don’t want to dry my hair with it. Look! Look at this label! The picture says if you put the hairdryer in the bathtub it will make sparks! Can I try it?”
Then I had a near heart attack, realizing that for my five-year-old, warning labels merely look like suggestions of fun ideas.
So between my initial shocked overreaction, and a subsequent calmer discussion about why the hairdryer in the bathtub is a very bad idea, hopefully he’s no longer tempted to try and make the sparks.
We had a long talk about what a BIG RED SLASH through pictures mean.
BIG RED SLASH = VERY BAD IDEA.
(This whole episode really freaked me out. It happened last week but I was too shook up to blog about it until now. Consider this post a Public Service Announcement: Talk to your adventure seeking children about warning labels.)