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Don't Speak to Strangers
Teach them well
May 25, 2010 is National Missing Children’s Day
No parent wants to learn that their child won’t be coming home. No parent wants to think of their child being hurt, tortured, neglected and in pain; with no one around that can offer them compassion, love and support. No parent wants to wonder what happened to my baby?
Today is Tuesday May 25th, 2010-and today is National Missing Children’s Day .
Parents need to take the time to speak with their children about the Danger of a Stranger. Since today is the National Missing Children's Day, today is a perfect day to have that conversation.
Explain to them what a stranger is-and how some strangers are very bad people. Take the time to tell your child how they should handle an encounter with a Dangerous Stranger, teach them how to increase their chances of getting away and making their way back into your arms.
All children that are able to slip from your sight need to know how to handle a situation when a Stranger is attempting to lure them away from others.
If you think your child is too young to begin discussing these dangers, think about this; if your young child of one or two was running towards a busy street, would you run after them?
Would you scoop them up and tell them, ‘No’? Would you discipline them over and over again and tell them that if they were to run into that busy road, something bad could happen to them and it may be a hurt that you can not fix with a Band-Aid and a kiss?
If you would tell them these things in order to keep them safe, then why would you not want to tell them about; strangers and what to do if a stranger tried to take them somewhere they don’t need to be?
When speaking to a child that may or may not understand all the dangers that this world has lurking in each dark corner, you need to speak with them in a stern voice and make sure that you are not giving them the impression that strangers are a laughing matter.
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Help them Understand
Fight-Bite and Scream!
What to do, to get away
First, explain the dangers that believing a stranger can expose them to. Then tell what to do in order to get help and get away.
#1 SCREAM-SCREAM-SCREAM. Scream and yell stranger and help, as loud as they can, in order to bring attention to the situation. Tell your child to Scream and Yell for as long as possible, even if they don’t think that anyone can hear them.
#2 RUN AWAY- Explain to your children that if a Stranger tries to get them into a car or away from friends and other people, get away as quickly as they can. Remind them to scream while they are running
#3 PITCH a FIT- Most parents tell their children, don’t hit, don’t bite, don’t kick or pull hair. Tell them if a stranger makes an attempt to grab them-they need to do everything that you have ever told them not to do. BITE-HIT-KICK and never stop SCREAMING, and once you have a second to get away; do it. RUN towards a crowd. Tell them the more people they can be around the better
#4 PEE YOUR PANTS- Last but not least, if your child is out of diapers or even in diapers-tell them to PEE and/or POOP their pants, if a stranger has hold of them. Wetting the pants can catch a predator off guard for a moment, and in that moment, tell your children to get away.
Children need to know that they need to do anything and everything possible to keep from having a stranger take them. They need to understand that they may never see Mommy or Daddy again, and will not be able to play with their toys anymore. Please, take the time to talk to your kids about the Dangers or Strangers, it could help save their lives-and they are worth it.
Today is National Missing Children's Day- Please take a moment to pray for some of those families that do not have their children at home to tuck into bed tonight.