After sharing an extreme parenting tip with Alex Jones on BBC The One Show, Myleene Klass was utterly shocked to leave the host of BBC The One Show.
The ex-Hear’Say performer explained that her father used to wake her at 4am every morning to make fire drills around the house. She now does the same with her kids.
Myleene shared her thoughts with Alex and Jermaine Jenas, who said they “make a game” of it. They practice what to do in case of fire and have emergency drills.
Even though she believed it was torture as a child she now sees the benefit.
The mother-of-three blindfolds Ava, Hero, 11, and Apollo, 2 and pretends there is a fire inside their home.
She spoke about her dad’s drills and said: “He would do a fire muster at 4am. I never thanked him then.”
“What like a fake alarm?”Alex was stunned. “Yeah like a fire drill,”Myleene (44), said: She explained: “We all know at work we get a fire drill and nobody moves a muscle but with fire it happens when you least expect it.”
She continued: “I remember saying ‘I’m never going to do this with my children, this is some kind of torture.’ Now I do it with my children We make a game out of it. I put blindfolds on them.”
Myleene explained the importance of drills to her family. “From working with charities you hear terrifying stories about children who don’t know what to do. So they do the first thing that comes naturally to them and they hide under their beds.
“They can hide in cabinets. If you’re teaching your children how to hold a knife, fork or to cross the road. These are essential life skills.
Alex, a mother-of-three, asked Myleene whether she had an escape plan for her home and she replied: “It’s making me panic now.”Myleene continued to speak: “We turn it into a game. I’ll say to the girls ‘if this entrance is blocked how are we going to get out? where are we going to meet?’
“We’ve got our little fire muster point. We all do it with blindfolds, we know how to keep low and have a plan for who takes what. Our favourite toys are not ours. You’re better prepared if you prepare for it.”
She added: “You wouldn’t just get in your car and drive away. You should know if you have insurance and what to do in the event of an accident.”
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