In light of the Penn State and Syracuse University sex scandal I feel that it is increasingly pressing that we have this discussion now as opposed to when tragedy strikes. The past has unfortunately showed us that anyone can be a child predator: Pastors, Coaches, Doctors, Teachers, both male and female. It is critical that in preparing our children for other crisis moments, like fire or kidnapping, that we also prepare them for the unthinkable; an adult trying to solicit or engage in sexual activity with them.
Children should be taught to challenge authority and that begins in the home. This is important in two parent homes and critical in single parent homes. When your child follows your directive with a “Why Mommy?” or “Why Daddy?” they are actually questioning authority. As the parent you are the most important authoritative figure to them. Too often I hear parents say. “Don’t question me, do as I say!” This is dangerous because children can translate that experience into thinking they are not supposed to question the adults around them. Instead this is a prime opportunity for you as the parent to encourage your child to ask questions until they are satisfied with the answer that you have given them. Now this goes without saying, you’re the adult and you know when to draw the line with the questioning. Please note that there is a difference between questioning authority and challenging authority.
Predators maybe less likely to single out your child if they question authority and have an open line of communication with their parent(s). #takemyfoolishadvice and let’s give our kids the tools they my need to save their own life. Leave your foolish advice below and let’s discuss how we can save our children from unthinkable harm.