All toddlers like to be independent. They like to be able to do anything you can do all by themselves. Dorothy is no different. She loves to do everything on her own and woe betide anyone who offers up their help!
It doesn't change when leave the house either. She wants to be able to walk out to the car unaided, but the only problem is I can't trust her!
A few months ago, I was taking my niece to school. As I was locking my front door, Dorothy let go of my hand and ran down the driveway and into the road. Luckily, there were no cars and she wasn't hurt. If I wasn't panicky and paranoid before, I certainly am now!
Salvation came in the form of the Handy Helpers car magnet. It was created by Sarah who is a mum of 2 and like me, was a bit paranoid about her son's safety when getting into the car after her daughter was born.
The Handy Helpers car magnet allows children to become independent but also safe around cars. The bright colours and friendly face captures children's attention and encourages them not to wander around the car.
The idea is that the child can hold their hand, or "high five" as Dorothy said, so that they can stand still and safe whilst you can unlock the car, put down the shopping bags or get a younger one into the car first.
We've been trialling the Handy Helpers car magnet for the past three weeks and we love it. It truly is a brilliant thing. It might sound like I'm going over the top, but I'm not!
Before the Handy Helpers car magnet, I was carrying a very angry girl backwards and forwards, whilst carrying bags and struggling to find my car keys. These past three weeks have been so much nicer. Dorothy is able to high five her Handy and I'm finally beginning to trust her enough not to keep hold of her.
We've been to the supermarket, the park and many other little errands and she's only run off once. That however was her brother's fault. He has been my photographer for the past three weeks (just in case) and he walked away to get, in his words, "a long range shot" of me unlocking the door. Dorothy saw him walk away and wanted to join him! It was in the car park at our local park and we were the only ones there, so she was safe :)
I love that it is portable. Handy lives near the door ready to go out and then rides in the glove box on journeys. It doesn't have to be used just for the car. I have heard of one mum using it as a timeout by putting it on the fridge!
I cannot recommend this highly enough. It has made going out so much smoother and calmer, for both Dorothy and myself. It also seems to have trained her. Now, Dorothy puts her hand on the front door ready to go in the house!
To find out more, the Handy Helpers car magnet can be found on the Toddler Tools website and also on Twitter and on Facebook.
Sarah at ToddlerTools has very kindly got 2 of the Handy Helpers car magnets to give away. All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Prize: 1 x Blue Handy Helpers car magnet,1 x Pink Handy Helpers car magnet.
The closing date is 25th March 2017.
Winners will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.
We were given a Handy Helpers car magnet in return for our honest opinion.