Lynchburg, VA - Two children in our area have been hit by a car in a matter of two days. Now, counselors are urging parents to talk to their kids about road safety.
Counselors say to begin with setting boundaries. For example, go over safety zones with your children, telling them you can walk here but not walk there.
These recent accidents have some parents nervous about taking their kids anywhere close to the street.
"It's upsetting because you know it could have been anybody else's child," said Gloria Alexander.
Alexander says the recent accidents have made her extra careful on the road. She walks with her 4-year-old grandchild Taejuan at least once a week along Memorial Avenue.
"With this being a busy road, I have to hold on to his hand because most of the time I have the dog with me," said Alexander.
She admits that sometimes the traffic makes her a little nervous.
"The cars go across sometimes really fast and I'll stay closer to the side and I'll have him on the inside of me," said Alexander.
But keeping them close isn't always enough.
"Let's follow this story, let's follow this family, let's find out what happened," said Chuck Rodgers from the Wyndhurst Counseling Center.
Rodgers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and suggests talking with your children about real life accidents and their sometimes tragic outcomes. Rodgers says encourage them to send a card with their condolences.
"If they become personally involved and have an emotional investment in the family, the lessons that we as parents want to teach our children, will be more likely to stick," said Rodgers.
Rodgers adds - set boundaries and follow up with the consequences.
"I know as a professional and I know personally as a dad that no matter what you do or what you say or how many times you say it, sometimes really bad outcomes still happen," said Rodgers.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. But the counselor suggests using this time as a teaching moment. Hopefully, we can prevent some of the accidents in the future.