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GREEN LIGHT, YELLOW LIGHT, RED LIGHT….RUN!

A summertime suggestion.

Discuss the following with your child.

Are you feeling safe here at home, happy, calm? Not worried?  That is a green light sort of feeling.  It is a feeling  that if you were just hanging out, playing a game, reading or listening with two earbuds you would feel safe.

So then when we are out and about is that green light? No, that is Yellow Light!

When you are out in the world it is your job to pay attention.

Use the lighthouse walk pg.46

Drop an earbud, you can be safe and have sound….

When suddenly faced  with a situation, calmly use the safety plan you have in place and

Say no to the situation, leave or break away as necessary, get to a safe adult and Tell!

Rehearse, practice…..every child loves to scream “no!” on cue and practice break-aways

Use pages 41, 43 and 63 for these practice sessions.

Use everyday news to discuss how children handled situations successfully.

Always reassure your child that they have the power to help and save themselves if they ever need to, and  that you will always be there to believe them.

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Bad Behavior in the News and Family Watchdog

What Can You do Today? go to familywatchdog.us/ You can ask for information on sex offenders, etc. who live/work in your area. 

 I get automatic updates and you can too.

There are good people everywhere and a few bad apples that muck it up for the rest of us!

If the shooting in Texas was not hair-raising  enough, let’s pay attention to the headline from Washington State,  and then applaud the students who called  911 to help them when a recent parolee broke into the roomate’s home.  He threatened, and began the systematic abuse by binding the first 4 girls laying on the floor. He laid down his knife when he ran out of electrical tape, and he began looking for something to bind the girls. 

Meanwhile in two separate areas of the home other roomates are calling 911.

Back at he scene of the unfolding crime, the two unbound girls have hidden and passed down the assailant’s knife beneath them as he went in search of more tape……

OUTSIDE- the 911 calls produce 4 police cars,

 the man is arrested without incedent……

The lesson-

The proactivity of the girls is impressive.  In the face of a very real and imminent threat, they took action ,and we should all give them an ovation!

Some parents, and hopefully teachers too, prepared these girls to act in the face of intimidation.  They turned their situation ” on it’s head.” SAYING NO! to bad behavior.

I always recomend children grow up playing in fun and safe ‘packs’

Here is a grown up example of young people working together to stop someone with very bad behavior.

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Safe and Sound- Attention Parents Who Have Kids Listening to Music!

  • Have your child access the situation before putting in earbuds to listen to their music
  • Green light, use of two ear-buds, in a safe situation, example , in their rooms,  with family home.
  • Yellow light, on alert someone or something may need your attention, example, walking to, or from school..drop one earbud allowing for safe and sound……a compromise.
  • Red light, drop the music for now, you need all your senses to get to where you are going safely!
  • It is not safe to drive or ride a bike with music earbuds in.  Start by being a good role model.
Learn more in the guide for parents, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? On Amazon
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911

Good people are everywhere, all week I have been blogging about 911 heroes, children who have saved themselves and their families.  Last night a good Samaritan stayed with a frightened-pregnant woman who had just been slammed intro by a truck running a red light.  This man stayed with her until the police and her husband arrived.  You never know when you might need help, from an everyday hero,  last night it was my daughter, and I’m so grateful she and the baby are fine. 

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