One thing I have always been adamant with Charlotte about is stranger danger. Having a little girl (or really a little boy too!) puts you on edge pretty much every time your child is out in a public place. And it doesn’t matter if you are with them, it’s some constant fear that the boogie man is going to sweep and steal your child to a life of slavery or murder them.
Sadly most people are probably good in this world but we have to operate on the fear that the minute you turn your head things could go very wrong.
But even with what we teach our kids, and trust me, every day my child leaves the house she gets a new lecture on running, kicking, biting, that an adult asking for help from a child to find a puppy is a killer and about 100 other things I can think of (yes, I do this EVERY morning), how much of the stranger danger rules do we follow as adults?
This morning while surfing through Facebook, Julie from Coupon Saving Family wrote:
Can you imagine if she had opened her door? The what if?
I know that I have a house alarm that is constantly set, I have a panic button also that calls the police and the alarm company over the intercom, but to be honest, if someone was outside my door upset and frantic that they needed help, chances are I would open the door. It’s my better nature. You can bet thanks to Julies reminder today that I would put my entire family at risk by acting on an instinct to help. And since I teach my daughter to not open the door to strangers, and she doesn’t, I would be violating everything I am trying so hard to instill.
This blog post is to serve as a reminder sometime that we as adults so often forget.
We can teach responsibility, but without practicing what we preach, the battle is only half won.
*julie gave me permission to share her status