All parents are worried about their child’s safety when they make their real first contact with the outside world with the preschool. But all it takes to keep the unspoiled little mind of your child be never troublesome is to approach him correctly. Here are some tips on how to make that happen.
1. Say it clearly and often
The little pumpkins wouldn’t grasp the dull concept of Do s and don’t s. But little you know, tell them don’t go out with strangers; they will listen. To let the message sink into their tiny mighty brain, try reasoning with them and do it more often. Be clear and consistent about your advice.
2. Explain tricky people
It wouldn’t be an easy task to wrap the pre-schoolers around the notion of strangers. Explain that most people mean good, but not all. Tell them how tricky people can turn into.
3. Teach him what is an uncomfortable situation
Tell him the possible situations that he may come across and be attentive to such situations. Teach him it is alright to be scared but to share it with someone trustworthy like you. Make it more like your daily routine to discuss matters with him.
4. Explain uncomfortable feelings and ask them if he has experienced any of them
Letting the child know the things that make him quite sad and uncomfortable are equally as important as things that bring him to smile. Talk about his day. Most importantly, add facts to his story and help him differentiate feelings if he is still not aware of them. Repeat if the child is not comfortable in talking and assure him that there is nothing that cannot be avoided.
5. Give him simple steps to avoid the situation
Tell him it is okay to say no to anybody at anyplace if he feels uncomfortable with whatever the thing they are suggesting or attempting to do. Ask him questions like ‘what if a stranger offers you a ride home?’ let the child come up with his own answers. Add alternatives and suggestions, so he knows perfectly well what to do if something happens.
You could always practice a safety rehearsal with your child. Make it something more like a game or a role play. Create different situations where the child can obtain near real-life experience and talk them through it.
7. Teach him to take care of his body
Make sure that your child knows he is responsible for his body. Teach him that he is allowed to raise his voice in any situation he is uncomfortable with.
8. Teach him how to be safe while waiting for pick up after school
Tell him that momma and dada would never deliberately come late to pick him up, but if so ask him to remain with his friends inside the school till you come. Also, advise him never to go with strangers.
9. Teach him OK secrets and not -OK secrets
Help the child differentiate OK secrets and not OK secrets. Be the trustworthy figure, the child may tend to spill up his not OK secrets too. Teach him to rely on the advice of an adult that no doubt is you.
Ensuring the safety of your child is a simple, if you are patient enough and wholeheartedly willing to follow the facts mentioned above.