Parenting Tips: You Need to Listen to Be Heard
Do you have a child who will soon be attending preschool? You need to look out for his or her safety. Since your child was born, you have been there to protect them, but now it is his or her turn to protect himself or herself since you will not be close the entire day.
When you tell children about bad things that may happen to them, they get anxious. It is only fair that you train them about what to do in case someone acts violently, mean, scary or make sexual advances against them. You need to enlighten them about personal safety skills so they can learn how to defend themselves in case of an abuse.
Many children are abused by people they know or those who are known to them like family members, neighbors, teachers, classmates and friends. The leading cause of health issues in children is sexual abuse. Most molesters can spend the longest duration possible to get a child trust them before they make their first move and making sure that the child does not tell anyone about the situation. Teach your child about how to set boundaries and seeking help.
About 2,000 children are kidnapped by strangers every year. You should not tell your child that strangers are bad, but tell them that if they do not know them well enough, then there are certain rules to be followed for their safety.
In your effort to train your child, do not emphasize on the bad things. You should instead focus on using a language that remains meaningful and consistent to the child. Your child should understand you in a positive way to enable him or her know how to act in case of a wrong touch. In other words, train your child on how to differentiate between good and bad actions.
The key is to always listen to your child and keep close supervision on issues related to safety. Let your child know about safety rules and follow all safety plans to avoid being kidnapped, bullied, assaulted or sexually harassed.