We've been outside more and more with Relia. She's walking on her own and we're trying to teach her to respect cars while we cross the street. That means looking both ways before crossing the street. (It also means holding her hands whenever she's near the street!)
The FP Gal mentioned that some kids think of looking both ways as a kind of magic spell. If they look left, right, left then cars can't be a danger. I doubted this a bit but she's a teacher and has much more experience with kids than I do.
To combat this I've taken to looking both ways and announcing "No cars," before moving on. My hope is that we would emphasize that we are watching out for cars and only when there are 'no cars' do we keep walking. Makes sense, right?
Well...now whenever we walk into the street (like when we put her into the car) she just keeps repeating, "no cars, no cars, no cars". Yep, just like a magic spell.