In A World Full of Worries Don’t Forget To Protect The Children
There are so many things happening in the world today and parents are overwhelmed with all of the things they need to talk to their kids about. Everything from racism to sexism, prevention of discrimination against the LGBT community and community violence are all around us. We want our kids to be safe. We want them to be kind and tolerable of others but there is still a hidden danger that many have forgotten about. In the past it was called good touch/bad touch and now we have The Underwear Rule to help us keep at top of mind some of the worst predators a child can encounter ate those right in their own back yard.
When my oldest son was young I remember being terrified to leave him at daycare because of all of the horror stories people would tell. I quickly found a place that made sense for us and I trusted but fast forward and when my other son and daughter came alone those fears resurfaced. Though most kids are safe in childcare I wondered about the ones who wouldn’t be. I tried not to get paranoid but even people in the family got a side eye every once in a while. Why was I so afraid….because I knew people it happened to and they were never quite the same again. THAT is not something I wanted for my own children so mother bear appeared from time to time.
Not having small children anymore, I’ve gained a sense of being comfortable that in reality needs to be checked again because although my kids aren’t babies, they’re still young. A recent perusal of the internet brought my attention to The Underwear Rule and I thought a friendly reminder to parents that they still need to keep their eyes and ears open while preparing kids to be safe.