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The Role Of Parents In Their Child's Safety From Sexual Predators

Aug 17, 2007
Parents are integral in our Keeping Kids Safe program. Kids get the most out of what we teach when we engage the parents as part of the teaching and learning process.

Why?

First, kids want to please their parents. They will work very hard to do things they know will gain the smiles, kisses and pats that go with the approval of Mom and Dad. At young ages kids will do things they have little or no interest in because they know they will gain favor with their parents.

With Keeping Kids Safe we bring parents into our classes, exercises and techniques. Why not have kids engage in safety activities that benefit them while the get thee parents to approve? It simply accelerates the learning process for the child.

Secondly, practice at home reinforces safety issues through repetition. At keeping Kids Safe we are great believers in repetition. It is the most time honored teaching tool on the planet and we use it relentlessly.

Repetition does not mean dull, either. It simply means doing things again and again. There are many ways we repeat things so kids remember however they are carefully disguised as fun and new, exciting things for the kids. We come at these ideas from many different angles in our Keeping Kids Safe course.

It is just flat out true that the more kids are exposed to something the better they learn it. If your child grows weary of hearing an idea repeatedly...be thankful. That means they have learned it so well that it now bores them a bit. This is far better than them being exposed to an idea only once in class and not have it take root in their memory.

Parents As Silent Examples
We also know kids learn by watching. Who do kids watch the most? Who do kids get influenced the most by when they are young? Their parents.

It does not matter if the behavior is positive or negative the child observes, the child just mimics the behavior of their most cherished icon, Mom and Dad. Kids watch and learn from the examples of their parents. This is why parents can capitalize on teaching their children silently by example to be the best they can be.

How?

By being the best they can be as adults and as parents.

To get the most out of keeping kids safe for your child you need to be the best you can be as an adult and set that example. Are you a confident person? Are you calm in a crisis? Do you have a positive outlook and a can do attitude?

These are critical qualities your child needs to have in order to be able to keep themselves safe when you are not around.

Whether you want to be or not, whether you consciously work at it or not, whether you believe this or not, your child is watching absorbing and mimicking very quietly everything about you as their parent.

So, Mom and Dad, you need to be the best you can be.

Setting The Example
So how do you do any of this with kids, family, jobs, obligations and just flat out the every day demands of living in today's world?

There are two simple steps to start.

If you do these two things every day for a few weeks it will open doors that will bring you ideas and ways to move and improve.

One, tell yourself you feel good. Every day, whether you do or not, tell yourself you feel good. Every day, several times a day say to yourself, I feel Good!Say it with meaning, say it with emotion, say it often.

Even if you do not feel it, say it! Delete the negative thoughts. Just stop them in your mind. Focus on feeling good. It will take hold after a short period of time.

You may think this is silly but feeling good is the foundation for all that is to follow.

Did you know your kids do this unconsciously. They're first thought in the morning is not Oooo! My Back! Kids think about their toys, what they want to eat and where they are going for the day that will be fun and make them feel good.

As adults we learned day after day over years how not to feel good. Remember times as a child when you felt great. Be like your child in your mind. Train your mind to feel good.

What did you dream about at 8 years old?
I watch my two boys as they play. They are full of expressive faces, words with giddy laughs and wide open eyes as they talk about flying superheroes, race cars, dinosaurs and rockets.

At any one time they want to be baseball players, scientists, astronauts and heroes. Every answer to "what do you want to be?" is accompanied by waving hands and full body gesture as they see in their minds eye what they are thinking.

I never once hear that they want to be mid level managers, have a dead end job and surround themselves with debt and money problems.

Somewhere along the way of growing up most adults let go of their dreams. In letting go of them hey also lose the desire to continually move forward and evolve as human beings.

I'm here to say that life can be better the older you get. Life is better the older you get. Improving, moving forward, evolution, growth, what ever it is you call it you can do it and strive for your dreams what ever your age.

Dreams are for adults.

Find your dreams again. Sure, they've changed since your were a child. Maybe they have not. Spend some quiet time resurfacing your dreams again.

It may seam like a child's fantasy and that is the point. Become more child-like. Kids hold onto their dreams because they have not been conditioned to let go of them. The negative influences of our society drum us into submission to let go and become one of the masses.

It is never to late to find a dream and pursue it. It will keep you young and keep you excited for the rest of your life.
About the Author
Joyce Jackson is a child safety expert in northern California. For her Keeping Kids Safe program and more great information see her extensive website at Keeping Kids Safe and Stop Predators Cold
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