Keeping Kids Safe

How are we supposed to keep our children safe in this world we live in today?

As parents, we do our best to educate our children in the realm of safety. But sadly, while we try to educate, prepare, and plan, the path of doing so is littered with help that isn’t helpful. Even our basic understanding of ‘Stranger Danger’, for example, needs to be challenged as it’s not appropriate for real life threats and concerns.

Navigating how to teach your child safety around things like crossing the road, what to do during an emergency, and even teaching them more sensitive topics like body autonomy and consent can be painless with the right tools. Having something like a storybook to give children background on issues they may face, like bullying, to understand basic safety measures makes navigating conversations and introducing the topics of safety much easier & digestible for your child.

Books also provide a great opportunity to create personal Safety Plans. Becoming a prepared parent means planning in advance for possible scenarios. Books can be used to develop these plans as well as lay out the resources to promote the ongoing safety & well-being for your child. Books can introduce relatable characters and allow children to learn from the characters’ experiences, even their mistakes, preparing children for scenarios life may send their way.

If you have searched children’s books for safety related topics then you know there is a plethora of books written with the hope of keeping children safe. While we are confident the intent and motives of the writers, illustrators, producers and such are all well meaning, very few books meet our most basic requirements. In teaching self defense to victims of various harms and traumas we have an understanding of what allowed them to find themselves in such a position and/or be unable or unwilling to do something about it.

Any book containing content that could contribute to preventing a person from identifying danger or defending themselves from it is not an option, in our opinion.

Of the books found on safety here is a list of all of the ones we recommend:

I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety by Pat Thomas is recommended for ages 4-7. This covers what it means to be safe and general safety tips. There are a few key concepts - like fear - that are covered clearly and beautifully.

I Can Play It Safe by Alison Feigh is recommended for ages 4-8. Every page of this short book is jam packed with key points on important topics to consider while creating a Safety Plan that works.

Once Upon A Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol is recommended for ages 3-6. This includes tips for caregivers as well as conversations to have along with suggestions on creating a Safety Plan.

The books listed above are GREAT! Unfortunately, that's it. This is an incredibly short list despite reading thousands of books over the years.

However, we compiled and used a list of fun, thought provoking children's books you would never notice could be used for this purpose. These resources help your child gain a working knowledge, and a thorough understanding of key safety topics to take with them wherever they go. This list of books and other resources are all included in the Raising PREPARED Children module of the Mama Bear PREPARED online course.

Even if the timing isn’t right for the course, you can still download our list of great literature to start utilizing along with instructions and explanations of the hows and whys so that you can use your own additional resources as well as ensure you help your child develop a Safety Plan that adapts and overcomes issues as they arise. Also included in the course are suggested books and reading for raising children with Body Autonomy and an understanding of Consent as well as for creating a plan for Bullying which you can find here.

The Mama Bear PREPARED online course was created by parents with professional backgrounds in violence prevention, personal protection, martial arts, law enforcement as well as studies focused in childhood development, psychology and criminal behavior. In raising our own children to be PREPARED we realized we collected all the things every mother deserves to know about prevention.

To learn more about our Mama Bear PREPARED online course, click the button below.

Some ADDITIONAL RESOURCES that may be helpful…

Protecting the Gift by Gavin de Becker

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