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  •  It is so hard to raise our kids today and (7+ / 0-)

    have them be aware and yet not afraid. My kids are teenagers and I still jokingly tell them not to help anyone find a lost puppy when they leave on their bikes. When we get to crowded places I still give the "if you get lost sit on a bench in a crowded area and wait for me, if someone tells you they know where I am tell them to bring me to you" They roll their eyes and laugh at me but I don't think I will ever get rid of the fear that someone will do something bad to my kids.

    AND WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE IN 2011? -- Susan from 29

    by voracious on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 12:50:44 PM PST

    •  Awareness vs. Fear (4+ / 0-)

      Voracious -

      You're right - it is important to impart the seriousness of what "could happen" without terrifying our kids.

      I employ age appropriate conversations regarding sexual abuse - for my 6 year old, ever since he was 3 or 4, I would have him wash his private parts in the bathroom.  And I tell him to this day when giving him a bath that his private parts are his private parts and no one is allowed to touch them.  Not mommy, not daddy, no one.  

      If he gets hurt, a doctor can touch his private parts, but only if mommy and daddy are there.

      Teaching him to wash his private parts is also teaching him ADL skills, but my underlying message is personal space and to scream and shout if anyone touches him.

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley

      by Roxine on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 02:17:26 PM PST

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