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by Abigail Van Buren

Two Handed Policy Keeps

DEAR ABBY: Please print one of my pet peeves: I don't know how many times I have pulled into busy parking lots and seen small children running between the parking spaces with little or no supervision. Three times in the last month, I have seen drivers brake abruptly to avoid hitting little kids.

My sister-in-law had a system when her children were small. Once the car was parked and the engine turned off, the child could open the door and exit the vehicle. However, when the child closed the door, he or she had to keep both hands on the car until an adult came and took him or her by the hand. She would always remind them by repeating, "Remember, both hands on the car!" -- KUDOS TO MY S-I-L

DEAR KUDOS: I'm glad it works for your sister-in-law. However, were it my child, I would insist that he or she wait to be assisted out of the safety seat -- and after that I would take the child firmly by the hand.