I am apart of a mom’s group and wow – it’s opened my mind up to many things. One topic of recent interest was keeping your kids safe. A police officer came in and gave some wise words in regards to personal and family safety.
When I was growing up as a child, and something I have repeated over and over to my older children – don’t talk to strangers. When in need, look for a police officer – or if you are at school, a teacher.
Those words have worked fine for us over the years. Fortunately, my daughter has only gotten lost once at Target in which they announced over the intercom that a missing child had been found (I died a little inside that day). But the officer suggested another take on the age old advice of what to teach your child when he needs help.
His advice? Have your child look for a woman, particularly a mom – someone with a stroller or kids. Why? Most often if your child finds a woman that woman will not let your child go until she finds you.
This past year we did our annual trek to the pumpkin patch. There was a huge crowd surrounding the bounce houses, and a little boy was crying lost. Quickly, myself and another mom saw this happening and approached the boy. We were able to do a tag team job: I stayed with the boy – she found an officer. We knew if that was our child, that is exactly what we would of wanted.
It makes sense. Plus, I don’t know about you – but whenever I NEED an officer – I can never find one and would expect the same would happen if my child needed one.
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