How and at what age do you start warning your children about the dangerous people in the world?

Javeia - posted on 11/06/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




Despite the phrase "stranger danger" sometimes the people you trust the most can betray you. What things have you done to protect yourself and your child from these types of things without scaring the child?


Sharon - posted on 11/06/2012




Someone recommended a book to me called The Gift of Fear. It was written a while back and I haven't had a chance to read it completely but it does talk about our basic primal instinct, if it doesn't feel right, walk away. Even things as simple as getting in an elevator with someone that you suddenly get the jeebies about. I think that part of it is just teaching your kids to be aware and alert to their surroundings and to tune in to their intuition can be done without scaring them. Teaching them to walk away if something just "doesn't feel right." With people you do know, teaching them what is a approprioate relationship and what is not and I think the most important thing, especially for children is that NO MATTER what the other person says, it is OK TO TELL.

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