“Stranger Danger”: Balancing Awareness without Living in Fear {BFBN Week}

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As parents, we want our children to be able to have some freedom but we also want to keep them safe. We want to teach them to be aware without making them scared to ever leave the house. We want them to believe us when we tell them they need to take precautions, but we don’t want to give more “why” details than necessary. 

The ladies of the BFBN are all taking on the stranger topic this week. I started us off yesterday with 6 Rules for Keeping Children Safe from Strangers. Today Emily is continuing us on this topic with 6 rules to be able to be aware and be safe without being too scared to do anything. “Stranger Danger” can be paralyzing. Emily finds herself often wary of situations where she will face a stranger, but if you follow her at all, you know she definitely does not let that keep her locked up! She travels like crazy and is often out doing things. She has created these rules and strategies to help set herself up to be safe. That way she can go out with confidence and not be in a constant state of paranoia. 

Emily has had several sketchy run-ins, and she discusses those and why her rules have helped keep her and her children safe from strangers. Go check her post out to get more ideas on keeping your children safe. 

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The ladies of the BFBN are all taking a turn this week to talk about the importance of teaching your children how to stay safe. Here is the schedule:

Monday: Valerie at Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
Tuesday: Emily at The Journey of Parenthood 
Wednesday: Kimberly at Team Cartwright AND Natasha at Let’s Be Brave
Thursday: Carrie at Wiley Adventures
Friday: Katrina at Mama’s Organized Chaos


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    July 12, 2016 / 4:37 PM

    I highly recommend the books "The Gift of Fear" and "Protecting the Gift," both by Gavin deBecker, a world-renowned personal security expert. His biggest takeaway is that if we insist on seeing potential threats everywhere, all the time, we have no way of discriminating between real and imagined threats. Far better is arming oneself with the knowledge to discern what is truly predatory behavior, and what is simply oddball but harmless.To piggyback on my comment from yesterday, what's more likely? That the little old lady who dropped her purse really IS a little old lady who dropped her purse, or that she's a willing decoy in disguise for a child predator gang? To paraphrase deBecker, the most likely explanation is the most likely explanation.

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