Last week at Harrison’s three-year-old check-up, the pediatrician mentioned that it was time to start teaching “stranger danger.” Not that it was time to tell him that everyone he meets is a potential murderer and read him The Lovely Bones at bedtime, but just grow awareness that not everyone in the world can be trusted and that there are “good” strangers and “bad” strangers.
I know that I’m bad at telling Harry to wave at the nice man who waved at him in the grocery aisle or prompting him to, “Say hi!” to the cashier. It’s crossed my mind a few times that I’m probably not doing justice to teaching good boundaries in this day and age because let’s face it, it’s not 1983 anymore and the world is a different place than when I grew up. On the other hand, I don’t want him to be afraid all the time. He needs to be confident enough to approach a store clerk if he gets lost or a policeman if he feels like he is in danger.
Here are 8 tips for teaching stranger danger to your toddler:
How do you teach stranger danger to your kids?
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