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Look For The Helpers

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Take your child to the store this week.
Introduce them to a cashier, and explain what they do. In a store the cashier is a safe place. Then explain to the cashier that you are going to take your child to the back of the store and see if he/she can make it back to them, as a safe place in the store.
Once they have done that, have your child pretend that they need help, perhaps lost, and have them ask the cashier to help them.
Something like this,
Child -“Excuse me, I need help!”
Cashier- ” Yes I can help you, what’s wrong?”
Child- ” I can’t find my Mom/Dad/Nana ”
Cashier- “What is your name? Who are you here with? ”
Child provides his name , guardian’s name and must be able to provide
the phone number of either the parent or the number to get the parent most accessible.
I used a a rhyme to teach my girls
“667-6172 that’s my number I love you.”
Try it, it works!

Every child in preschool, or Kindergarten should know their family names , address and phone number…….

This summer we are working on our Pinterest bucket list of fun crafts, geography, math and reading…..hope you are all enjoying the summer fun, make some SAFE MEMORIES!

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The Sandusky Trial

Where do you begin? The horror of the children, now grown, retelling of the abuse of their mentor?
How do we begin to make sense of this or make sure we can stop this kind of abuse?

SO MANY CHILDREN ARE WALKING AROUND SHROUDED WITH TERRIBLE SECRETS!

Again, I will tell you that we have public education. That is in itself imperfect, but one of the best
Things I can tell you about it is children go there. They are there on a regular basis with people who in general, care about their well being. They are actually payed to make a concerted effort toward each child, most do it because they love it, and truly care.

So we have the children there, all of them, the abused, the molested, the unwashed, the unfed,
the children of neglectful or ambivalent parents….you see the children every day, but they might
not look in need.

So, if a teacher, talks about the worth of a person, and what good and bad behavior looks a feels like when a child is young. They are talking to two audiences. The ones who look up interestingly at him, never having felt anything but love and kindness, and the others, who also look up interestingly, thinking, he is talking about me, what I’m going through.

I always ask children to listen and no hands up until after the lesson. I explain that I would really like to hear what they have to say, but we will talk afterward. That is because the whole group
Does not need to know what their , Example- mom’s boyfriend, has been doing, etc. But the principal, and parents and authorities might need to know.

So as much as I would like all of the great parents to teach situational to children. I need to get the
public schools to teach this, and every one of their trusted, safe adults need to establish with them that,

THEY ARE SPECIAL, AND CARED FOR AND THEY WILL PROTECT YOU,
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO HURT YOU, SCARE YOU,THREATEN YOU,TOUCH YOU
WHERE YOUR BATHING SUIT COVERS, OR TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE AND TRUST.

When you read about these young men, most had come from broken homes, foster homes,
uncertain of the support of good and trusted adults.
They were ripe, for the grooming by this monster Sandusky. They had no self worth, and did not have a safety plan, in “their back pocket” as we say, to ward off this behavior, and recognize it for what it was.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF EVERY SCHOOL CHILD TO BE TAUGHT SITUATIONAL SAFETY, TO SAY NO TO ALL BAD BEHAVIOR, AND BAD SITUATIONS, TO SUPPORT THEM IN GOING QUICKLY AND TELLING, TO SAVE FIRST THEMSELVES, AND ANY OTHER CHILDREN WHO COULD BE POTENTIALLY HARMED.

If not my curriculum, then pick one that you feel is best, but do teach them self worth
And how to be safe, for the rest of their lives.

Melinda Reynolds Tripp
Child Advocate and Author of
What Should You Do? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty- First Century
On Amazon, and through Tate Publishing. 2010 Paperback, E-book, and on Audio download

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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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PROJECT SAFE from Melinda Reynolds Tripp, Author of, What Should You Do?

Your  child may someday be your very own undercover superhero. Every child has the potential of becoming an undercover safety super hero.  No one can tell that he/she has been trained with safety lessons to make good safe choices just by looking at them.  The child who calls 911 to save a parent, or walks safely to the cashier to say they need help finding thier parent, or does not do what someone says to do, just because they are bigger, or louder.  The child who uses thier intuition along with the lessons from school and home and saves themselves……they are all everyday heroes.

Every child can be a hero

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