As military dependents, my children and I have had many adventures in new and exciting places. Between my absentmindedness and my children's creativity, we have had our share of opportunities for mishaps. This has prompted a great deal of discussion on child safety awareness.
As my children grow, the lessons that we have learned together have progressed into a seminar that the three of us give at pre-schools, or for Cub Scouts or anywhere that small children gather to have fun. Having fun is the big priority for children (even those of us that are starting to find gray hairs). Keeping that in mind, I hope that you will share these tips with the children in your lives, using the information as a guide to help keep them safe.
The seminar that we give is a question and answer format. The children are encouraged to answer all the questions and we try to find something correct in every answer, showing the kids that they are on the right track. It can be humiliating to anyone to voice an opinion and then be told they are WRONG, so a good response is 'that may be', or 'that could be so'. Sometimes the kids attending the seminar all have the wrong idea, so then the response is a reassuring hey, no problem, everyone is here to learn. The more the kids interact with us as we go over the safety tips, the more they remember later on.
Note from the Author
My goal is to help as many children as I can stay safe. As my interest in child safety has develped over the last 12 years I have been looking for ways to share the information with other children and their parents. My kids and I give free seminars for children aged 3-8 called Be A Safe Kid! We incorporate Songham style tae kwon do into our program to help keep the kids interested in what we are helping them learn. While I have no formal training in child safety I have done some fairly extensive research amounting to ten years of safety tips, on the topics that we present. Most of the information is good common sense, but put into terms that small children can easily relate to.