Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Revise the "Don't Talk to Strangers" Rule

I especially like one of the articles in the Readers' Digest (Asia) for this month.

Anyway, this article (Seven Words to Inspire) says that we should reflect on what we tell our kids because they could be doing more harm than good... or that there are better ways of saying things.

Take for example, teaching them not to talk to strangers. Teachers, uncles, clasmates, cousins. All these aren't strangers. But all these can bully your child. They can all abuse your child as well.

So instead, we must teach our kids not to talk, and not to trust people who make them feel uncomfortable... even the authority figures in their lives. Of course, we also must make sure that we're visible and accessible to them so they know they can run to somebody in case someone did make them feel uncomfortable and taken advantage of.

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