My coworker was telling me that this morning on his way in to work, there was a little boy he saw on the sidewalk of a busy street at around 6:30am, just walking around in circles clutching his blankey tightly and crying. He stopped and asked him the basics and all he could tell him was his first and last name and that he was 4 years old. He didnt know his parents names, he didnt know his address or phone number and when he asked where he lived he didnt know where he lived.
I realize it might be tough for a little one to remember most of these things but at LEAST make sure they know their parents names. My niece is pounding this information into her little 2.5 year old now and when you ask her she does know it.
I may not like kids all that much but when I hear stories like this it just breaks my heart, not for the parents, but for the kid. I can totally empathize with how scared he must have been, holding onto the one thing that made him feel safe and secure, his blankey.
Do any of you know of similar stories? And parents, at what age did you make sure your kids knew "the basics"?