There are times that every parents fears something bad happening to their kids; everything from falling down and getting hurt, being bullied or the often unimaginable being molested or kidnapped. With the constant news and media it is easy to start to live in a world of fear.
Rebecca Bailey PhD and Elizabeth Bailey RN, take on this topic in their book Safe Kids Smart Parents: What Parents Need to Know to Keep Their Kids Safe.
Here are their
10 Tips For Keeping Kids Safe
1. Share Age Appropriate Information- Keep it Simple!
2. Set Ground Rules and Clear Boundaries
3. Teach Kids to be aware of their surroundings
4. Show them you love them- love equals strength
5. Teach kids to assess surroundings using Safety Equation
6. Promote Good Self Esteem and Self Worth
7. Establish rules for social media sites and keep computer in common room
8. Create a "safe-list" of trusted friends and family members
9. Know Yourself- what messages are you sending to your kids
10. Don't be afraid- encourage discussion to empower with knowledge
In the book it says, "safety is about teaching kids to be aware of their environment and how to make safe and appropriate choices throughout the day."
The book has a huge emphasis on communication and about the need to communicate at an age appropriate level with our kids. There are sample conversations and scenarios broken down into age groups that I plan on having with my kids. These samples really make it quite simple and very easily doable. There are even chapters as the end of the book just for kids that either your child can read or you can read to them, depending on their age.
The Bailey sisters use their education, work experience and life experience to help educated parents on how to keep their kids safe. The chapters flow quickly and keep your intrigued with real life scenarios throughout. As a psychology major myself, I appreciated how they took well known principles and shared them in a way that any and every parent can apply.
I will admit, books like this I often half skim or quickly lose interest in, but I found myself with a pencil in hand marking things throughout the whole book. I also know I will be coming back and using the different age sections as my kids get older.
I strongly recommend this book for any parent.
This book is available in print or as an e-book at the following locations.
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