As a paranoid parent I spend a lot of my time warning my children about potential dangers. The rest of the time is spent clamping them firmly to my sides! Today I found this useful 5-step check list on Parents.com. Simple and useful, I like it.
Instead of: Don’t talk to strangers
Say: Check with me or your dad or your babysitter before talking to another grown-up.
- Instead of: If you get lost in a store, ask a trusted adult to help you find me
Say: If you get lost in a store, stay in the building and find someone with a name tag to help you.
- Instead of: Don’t take candy from a stranger
Say: Don’t take anything from anyone except your parents, babysitter, teacher, or friend’s mom or dad on a playdate.
- Instead of: Don’t leave my sight
Say: Don’t go where you can’t see me.
- Instead of: Don’t keep secrets
Say: A surprise is the only secret that’s okay to keep.
- Don’t Send Mixed Messages
Be careful not to undermine the safety lessons you’ve taught your kids. Take these three precautions:
- Avoid talking to a child you don’t know. Address the parent instead. Otherwise, your kids might think that it’s okay for strangers to talk to them.
- Even though it’s cute, resist monogramming your child’s name on his backpack or clothes. If a stranger addresses your kid by name, he may think he knows the person.
- Don’t push your preschooler to give a hug to anyone — even relatives. Children need to realize that it’s okay to say “no” when they feel uncomfortable.
- Find more at Parents.com