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Two Simple Yet Effective Safety Ideas From Predators For Your Child

Aug 17, 2007
There are two safety techniques that children can learn that are very effective yet not so well known. We call the first one a "Power Voice" and the second one a "Belly Brain."

A Power Voice teaches a child to yell for asisstance when in trouble with a strong voice that comes from the abdomen, not the throat. Every child is capable of this type of voice although they may not have ever used it or know they even have it.

When kids yell, and most adults too, they yell from their throat. The Power Voice is a yell from their belly.

Put your hand on your abdomen and push out with your stomach muscles. Do it again and huff out a breath with it. Do it one more time and this time push out your breath and make a sound with it.

It sounds like a deep "Huh!" More importantly, it comes out with a measure of strength and power. This is the Power Voice.

Kids can practice this when you tell them to, "Bounce Your Voice off The Walls!" Again, it comes from the abdomen, not the throat and when done correctly the difference is astonishing. Kids will need to learn this voice if they ever need to use it. It will get people's attention when it is used.

You can also teach your child they have two brains, the one in their head and one in their belly. Call the one in the belly the Belly Brain and the one in their head the Head Brain. Its pretty simple but they are names kids can remember and understand.

Kids know how to listen to their Head Brain. They do it everyday, all the time. We teach kids the differences between their two brains and how to listen to their Belly Brain. Teach your child that their Belly Brain is always right.

For adults, a Belly Brain is that visceral, gut feeling that is always right. Kids have this gut feeling too, but they need some help in learning how to listen to it and use it to keep themselves safe.

Simply show your kid how their Belly Brain works. Show them it is always right and always works positively for them. Teach them to pay attention to it and how to listen to it. More importantly, show them that listening to it is "OK," as well.

In doing this you will have to show the kids how their Head Brain can sometimes trick them. Do this by using imagination and storytelling techniques that enable the child to build up a great, exciting tale about a shadow they saw dance across a wall.

It's the same when kids think monsters that are in their bedroom closet or under the bed. Show them how their Head Brain makes these stories up.

Then, reinforce the Belly Brain as the alarm clock for potentially dangerous situations. Teach your child to recognize the uneasiness in their stomach without panic, alarm and worry. Teach them to see potential danger calmly and avoid it with any number of ways to leave the area they are feeling uncomfortable in, safely.

When kids tune into their Belly Brain they are more tuned in detecting uncomfortable situations, situations with questionable adults and inappropriate behavior. Kids naturally feel uncomfortable with inappropriate questions and behaviors they are around. You are simply showing them how to be alert to it with their Belly Brain.

The kids learn not only to listen to their Belly Brain but to also go tell you about how they feel and who they were with when they tune into it.
About the Author
Joyce Jackson is a child safety expert in northern California. For her extensive website and information see Keeping Kids Safe and a free special report at STOP Predators COLD!
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