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Raise a safe child, The Video.


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Okay, that new bike is great, and shiny and fun……
But don’t forget about safety.
How to ride it safely, where to ride and with whom…….riding with a partner is always a good idea!
Watch for cars, pedestrians, download rules of the road for bikes and discuss.

You cannot take a child, attached gumby- style, to a bike and screaming for all they are worth, put them in a car….there is a story in my book about this also..
see lovely illustration from my book, above.

In my book page 81, I tell the story of The girl who was too much trouble!
It is Mickenzie’s Story,
She and her brother were coming home from piano lessons, riding their bikes down a dirt road.
They stopped to look at the grazing horses. They moved their bikes over for the oncoming truck, but it pulled over and stopped. The man chatted with the kids and talked about the horses. Soon he asked for their help, looking for his dog, told the kids he knew their parents and was sure it would be ok with them…if he could just put their bikes in his truck…….maybe he had a picture of the dog in his truck he said as he began opening the doors…..
Mickenzie’s had heard about tricks, at home and at a school assembly, watching, listening, and this felt bad,
( in my book I get children to tune into their natural intuition when it comes to behavior, if it feels bad, it is bad, get away)
Mickenzie’s knew there were people at the end of the lane and instructed her brother, loudly, to ride, go to them, get help, ….as the man abruptly picked her up, and tried to force her into his truck. With her foot she slammed the first door shut….he successfully pushed her through another door, started the truck, and attempted to drive. Mickenzie’s was having none of this, hitting/kicking at him she told him in no uncertain terms he was NOT taking her anywhere. Unable to drive, the man stopped the truck,
Told her to get out she would have to climb over him……(ugh!) she does this, jumps down and runs in the same direction her brother had gone, and sees him returning with the friends down the lane.
Victory. The man in this attempted abduction, was caught less than 24 hrs later, identified, and this brave girl, later the following month, sat on the witness stand, told her story, and put him behind bars.
She’s a wonderful young woman, a college student now……her parents wrote one of the forewords for my book…..she even takes time for Internet scrabble with me just to stay in touch😊

I use this story to talk about riding in pairs, about how you can use a bike to get away, about
And how to use the plan ( outlined in the book) to say no to any bad behavior, and to go, and tell their safe adults. That they have the power to save themselves if they ever need it.
It is a simple, easy to use plan that covers many situational safety problems as children grow.
Every child will run into their own problems..but they should each have a similar plan,
No, Go and Tell.

Read more about it in What Should You Do? For parents and teachers of children ages 5-13




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Cars, Car Seats, and Parking Lots



I had a wonderful letter recently from a lawyer in Utah. His firm is putting together a coloring book to teach cars seat safety. How wonderful for this nice group of people to take the time , talent and treasure, to reach out and make a difference.

I hope everyone I know uses the right size carseat. I know as each of my grandchildren has reached their next weight milestone my cars seats have been converted. The expense is not much compared to their safety, and comfort!

Casi, one of my favorite blogging buddies often talks about talking to her child in the car. It is, a quiet one on one place, to point out neighborhood landmarks, that will help them be safer bikers and walkers as they grow up. It is also a place to talk quietly to a child when you would like them to think for a while. I often used the time for a "Teachable moment."

Another friend told me that her grandson , living in a new town is given a map in his carseat,
With the route drawn on it so he can "help" Mommy get to where they are going. He has learned the name of the routed streets, go left here, right here……he is four mind you, a great technique I think. It also is a wonderful way for a child to start to think outside his/her little box. These skills will be useful all of his life.

When exiting the car, safety comes back into play. Be careful, hold hands……a parking lot has backing cars, show a child how the back lights and tires show them a car is backing up. Also explain about the mirrors of the cars. They help drivers see, but there are blind spots. A driver in an older SUV might not see a child because of height behind a car! Tell them that it is up to them to be watching just as their Moms and Dads are doing. Being alert, is definitely a theme for me as you know…this is just one more area of life that can be thought about, a parenting plan put into place, and acted upon.

We didn't have much car safety as kids, we rode in the back of a station wagon. I am glad we were not all killed in a freeway pileup! Car safety is important. Thousands of children are killed yearly, because they were not belted or in a carseat. make sure your kids are the safe ones.

I am glad that i was asked to look over this new coloring book, and offer input, further,
I'm pleased that wonderful people are making coloring books, thinking about child and car safety,
It is nice to hear and I wish them success in helping to make our children safer.

Happy Sunday
And Happy Thanksgiving!
Drive Safely and
Teach Safety


What Should You Do? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century
To teach your students and children. Safety, is literally, for a lifetime. Teach them now.




Attend your local Safety Fair together.

Play and ride bikes in groups for safety.

Stay in parent approved areas.

Wear a whistle when alone and If you are in trouble blow it.
If you are lost while camping, blow it and sit down in the shade to wait!
You will be looked for!

While walking keep an eye on what is going on around you
in front, back, and side to side. If you ever sense danger,
Run to a safe place, with a safe person and tell!

NEVER wear two ear buds while walking
You need all of your senses! Drop one while out of doors.
Compromise, safe and sound!

Stay away from cars parked with people inside.

This is just a trick, responsible adults find other adults to help them.

Wishing you all a safe summer!

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What Should You Do?
Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century
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By Melinda Reynolds Tripp


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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

National Safe Place

For Youth…Someplace To Go. Someone To Help.


October is National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying is a common experience for many young people. Bullying behavior can be verbal, physical or cyber and can leave many youth feeling damaged. Those who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. Some victims of bullying have even chosen to attempt suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Facts:
More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied.
Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students.
Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid they will be the next target.
Depending on the environment, some groups – such as LGBTQ youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth – may be at an increased rise of being bullied.
Students can be especially effective in bullying prevention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes. Student education about how to address bullying for peers is critical, as is the support of adults.
How can a young person stop bullying once it starts?
Avoid bullies when possible
Walk to school and eat lunch with friends
Project confidence
Stay near an adult
Go to a Safe Place
How can youth stop cyberbullying once it starts?
Don’t respond to and forward cyberbullying messages
Keep evidence of cyberbullying – record dates, times, and descriptions of instances
Save and print screenshots, emails, text messages
Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone providers, parents, and law enforcement
Block the cyberbully
No matter what type of bullying occurs, it’s important to respond in a positive and accepting manner. Let children know it’s not their fault and that they did the right thing by speaking up.

Things you can do during National Bullying Prevention Month:
Shelter: Have a group discussion about bullying and talk about how harmful it can be to a person’s self esteem. Let youth know it is right to stand up for someone who is being bullied. Discuss appropriate responses to bullying and be sure to mention Safe Place as a helpful resource.
Outreach: Be sure youth are aware that Safe Place can be an option for bully victims when they feel they have nowhere else to turn.
Transitional Living Program: Establish an action plan, which can include Safe Place for youth in case they are ever subjected to bullying. A clear plan will help youth respond appropriately and create feelings of safety.
Helpful Links




Text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866 for immediate help.


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