Strong-willed toddlers love to make life difficult for their parents as they downright refuse to do what they’re told, which is why one Arizona mom did something a bit extreme to get her difficult 3-year-old to listen to her.
While driving home one day with her two small children in the backseat, mom Michelle Fortin was terrified when her little girl started screaming. “All I heard was her screaming and crying, and all of a sudden her brother, who was sitting next to her, yells, ‘Mommy! Mommy – she unbuckled her seat belt.’,” Fortin said.
Fortin immediately pulled over on the side of the road when it was safe, got out of the car, and went to strap her 3-year-old daughter Camille back into her car seat. She tried talking to the 3-year-old and explaining how dangerous it was to not have a seatbelt on at all times, but the message didn’t seem to sink in.
“This was something that would hurt her. Her safety was at risk, so I took it for what it was – a teachable moment,” Fortin said. “I got home and called the police and turned her in.”
The Scottsdale police were a little surprised when Fortin explained she was calling them about her toddler, but were more than happy to teach Camille about car safety. “We don’t know what other drivers will do,” Scottsdale police officer Corey Snead explained. “Other drivers might not pay attention and run into the back of your mom, or side of the car. If you were not buckled, our body is going to hit something.”
After being spoken to by the police, Camille quickly promised them she would always keep her seatbelt on from now on, and Fortin was thrilled with how well it worked. “Yes, it was an extreme choice on my part to call the police, but I know she’s going to remember it,” Fortin said.
Watch the entire video below to see the moment cops let this 3-year-old off with a warning.
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