With all the talk of SHTF, widespread disasters and grid down scenarios, it’s important to remember that disasters can happen on the individual level too. A child getting kidnapped doesn’t up-end society, but it does wreck a family’s life. This is why it’s crucial to prepare for the “everyday” disasters.
Preparing kids can be tricky. They typically don’t have the option of carrying a weapon on them for self defense. And they usually lack the size and strength to fight off an attack. So, we focus on teaching them to stay out or get out of a dangerous situation before they get hurt.
This strategy recently saved one boy from an attempted kidnapping.
It’s a conversation one mother on the south side had plenty of times with her 12-year-old son over the years.
“Number one, don’t talk to strangers. Number two, don’t leave with them,” the mom said she always told her son. She asked that neither be identified.
Obviously, the message stuck, because the sixth grader said when a man tried to grab him at the bus stop, he knew what to do.
“I took off running down the street,” the boy said.
How do you teach your children to protect themselves when you’re not there? Let us know in the comments.
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