Poor David Cameron. As you may have heard, his eight-year-old daughter was left in a pub on Sunday. The family had been out for lunch and the poor girl had nipped to the loo and everyone thought she was with someone else. She was without her parents, said to be ‘distraught’ for 15 minutes. Home now, and all fine.
Which parent hasn’t had a similar nightmare? It happens. Children wander off the second your back is turned, and most of the time wander back or are returned by a kind stranger. It happened to us last Saturday. We were watching a cousin take part in a huge children’s triathalon. Hundreds of children, hundreds of adults, lots of trees to hide in. Our son, aged three, wandered off with his cousin, also aged three. The organisers were wonderful, radioing everyone and helping with the search. He’d wandered off to the car park and was discovered by the cousin’s granny. All fine, though stressful.
I recounted the story to friends at the weekend and they came back with some ingenious tips which I thought I’d pass on.