We don’t even need to open a newspaper to know kids and adults need to know about and practice defensive posture. Some of the guidelines I learned as a kid and then taught my kids still apply today, even though we’ve changed centuries and millenniums!
I saw a reminder asking parents to teach their kids police officers and firemen help them if they’re in trouble and in some cases, save their lives. It’s definitely a good point. Take the kids on a field trip this summer to meet the public servants who put their lives on the line to keep us safe 24 hours a day.
My dad explained the difference between friends and strangers. Friends are people that parents know and welcome to visit. Strangers are unknown or people they do not know very well, often for a good reason.
One grandma reminded me to play in safe areas and to stay away from alleys and empty houses. My other grandma told me if I wanted to walk somewhere, walk with a friend.
|Stay away from empty houses.|
There are a lot of shortcuts in urban and rural areas. My Great-Grandma Foster told me to stick to the main streets when we walked over to see her and avoid empty lots. A shortcut through the meadow resulted in a huge nail through my foot with a 2 x 4 attached. I cried my way home, board and all, so mommy could help me. Mommy was not amused, but she did gather her friends around to help pull off the board, wash the wound, and bandage my foot. I got lectures, cookies and hugs. Hey, as Meatloaf said, “two out of three ain’t bad” – but it could have been.
Explain to your kids why they should never talk to strangers or accept a ride with someone they don’t know, even if their friend knows them. Most of the time, nothing happens if this guideline is ignored. My cousin Lee reminded me I didn’t want to be the exception to the rule. She worked at the juvenile detention center and told me just enough of the horror stories she encountered to keep me following this good advice.
|Kids hitch a ride in pre-1923 Toronto.|
What are some of the rules you learned as a kid that you teach or demonstrate today?