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IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AT THE FAIR!

A boy with sister in tow approached my daughter and granddaughter in the 4H petting Zoo Building at the County Fair.
He asked “Do you have a cell phone?” She assured him she did, and asked if he needed help.
He told her he couldn’t find his parents and then proceeded to reel off his parents cell number. My daughter was impressed and the family was reunited immediately.
She then bent down to hug her little girl who is four, and told her that is why she had taught her their cell number! She said, ” Did you see how he found a Mommy with a child to ask? That’s a good idea at the fair! “
She then firmly held her hand and off they went to explore……..
Teach Safety Strategies!

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Raise a safe child, The Video.

Raise a safe child, The Video..

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Raise a safe child, The Video.

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Is Your Child a Free Range Child? Were you one?

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Years before she became a celebrated speaker, author Lenore Skenazy learned that I was writing about teaching safety, and actually wrote and called me, or maybe I called her…can’t remember…. She was in a hot debate
As the World’s Worst Mom for letting her son take the New York Subway alone.

Since then I have stayed in communication with her, not always agreeing but totally supportive of the outcome we both believe in, empowered healthy kids, who know how to take care of themselves, given basic safety guidance.

We both believe that it is the parents who have become afraid, and then affected their children with the same fears. It reminds me of the parents of students I had over the years
Who were not allowed to have pets, because they could bite or scratch them.

Things I worry about.
Children sitting in front of a screen, your pick, tv, iPad, computer, video game, etc.
Children not playing in a group, riding bikes, running around with squirt guns, and water balloons, and basically laying outside, until they are really tired.
How many of us played outside? How many obese kids did you know who played outside?

I went to camp for 3 months , a whopping three thousand miles from home, when I was 8,9, 10 and 11. There was some supervision you bet, but I was not under constant surveillance. I learned to swim, ride a horse, raise a calf, feed the cows, new games, adventure, learned to Bail hay, camped and sang around a campfire…made homemade peach ice cream…picked blue berries in the White Mountains…..the best summers of my life.

I was always hungry at supper time , always happily tired at night and skinny as a rail.
I never once felt unsafe or afraid.

Even at home, we always played till dark or until our Mom whistled.

So why am I telling you all this?
I wrote a book to teach children how to be alert to behaviors, what to do if faced with bad behavior and what I had hoped to gain is empowerment for parents as well as children.

I have not seen the study Lenore discusses, with Forty year low in kidnappings,
But safety is so much more than that. It is teaching kids common sense and resourcefulness.
Think about the girl and boyscouts. Don’t they end up earning badges in being resourceful?
Knowing what to do when faced with situations, commonly called, life?

Yes, there will always be bad behavior with humans, from the playground to the grave.
But keeping a child locked up, or in a parade of careful scheduled activities is not the answer.

When you give my book, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?, 20131228-075925.jpgto a teacher, a new parent for a baby shower, to a friend, you are not just hoping to help their children become safe people, but the actual teaching of the kids then allows that parent to allow their child to become “Free Range.”
If parents each felt they have helped to develop a child into an empowered
Human being, you will see more children, emerging from their air conditioned homes,
Asking each other to go and play!

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Three Girls approached by Man in Turlock…….or maybe your town?

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I was so pleased to read your article!
The children who were being accosted did exactly the right thing. They did not hesitate, they had a plan. Say No!
To the bad behavior, Go and Tell!
These are the very kids I was hired when they were in elementary school to teach safety. I retired from Hilmar Elementary school to teach safety assemblies after writing the first national circular and inclusive safety curriculum for children ages 5-13.
For years dubbed, the “Safety Lady” I would arrive to give assemblies to students in Stanislaus and Merced County Schools. When the monies for assemblies dried up, I went to a publisher with my quest to keep America’s children safe. The first publisher leaped at this, and the book was published in 2010. It is available for every parent, teacher and school,
Teaching progressively 5-13 yrs olds to not be fooled by bad behavior when they are young, and to not fall into
The traps of the internet as they are growing……
A good safety plan is easy to remember, it is about BEHAVIORS

“No one is allowed to touch you where
Your bathing suit covers”
“No, Go and Tell!”
“Kick , scream, make a scene!”
” Never go to a second location!”
” Use the lighthouse walk!”
The attempted abduction in Hilmar in
1994, prompted this career, and now
I reap the benefit of hearing how three teens ran, and told.
I am very proud!
We cannot stop all bad behavior, but we can teach children to observe behavior and react quickly and stay safe.

Sincerely,
Retired teacher, advocate, speaker,
author, safety blogger,
Melinda Reynolds Tripp

What Should You Do?
Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty First Century
Tate Publishing 2010
Available to all parents, teachers
Grandparents…etc through
Amazon.com, where it retains a five star rating.

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