This is not a typical post, but being a Mom (and a woman), I know that there are people in the world who would do harm to me or my children. I know it is important that I take the steps to know how to defend myself and also teach my children as to what they should do if approached by a stranger.
There are programs all over the country, as well as various videos you can watch on YouTube. Here are some links you can check out. If these are not close to where you live, make sure you take the time to find something near you.
- Come up with a password. This should be something completely out of the ordinary (not a pet’s name, video game or something). If a child is ever told that mom or dad sent them to pick them up, they just need to ask them the password and if they can’t give it to them, they can run away.
- Teach them to kick, scream, yell and draw attention if anyone tries to grab them.
- Don’t allow your kids to wear items with the names on them. Strangers can easily call kids by name, which distracts them and may make them think they know the person.
- Teach your child never to walk up to any vehicle at all – always stay on the sidewalk if approached. Doing so means that the possible abductor would have to get out of the vehicle and chase them down rather than reach out and pull them in and drive away.
Do you have any other tips you would like to share? We’d LOVE to hear from you too!!