I miss how active these boards used to be. I didn't post much, but loved reading. Here is my contribution to generating discussion. Two weeks ago, my DD - 17, stopped after Church to get gas. She has been driving about 6 months and though it was 10:00 pm, she went to the normal gas station where she gets gas during the day. At any rate - A man approaches her and begins telling her his story about needing money. Offers to sell her a TV, needs gas, moving, etc. She gives him $7.00 (and was happy at being able to help him - she says he was buying gas as she left - I'm cynical, so I'm glad she felt good, but...). We started talking about personal safety and I told her how dangerous it was to be talking to people that she did not know. She said "I know, but what should I have done?" This simple question made me really think - 1) sit in your car as you are putting gas in the car (her answer - he approached her as she was putting the nozzle in the gas. 2) Ignore them - this feels very hard for her and could be more antagonizing. 3) Tell them you do not have cash. Anyone have thoughts? BTDT advice?
As an update - we've arranged a class for her and her friends where they will get some practice yelling, hitting someone, running away and then a talk by a police offier about how to be aware of your surroundings and trusting that feeling that says something is not "right." She will be leaving home in a year and I hought driving was the scary part.....
Have a good weekend