5 Things to teach your children about strangers Part II:Practical Advice

We spoke earlier about the basics about strangers and what kids ought to know. Now, here are some practical suggestions you can teach your children in the second part of dealing with strangers.

Have basic rules when it comes to handling strangers.

We all have rules to follow, so make sure your child understands these rules .

1. Check with a trusted adult (parents, teacher, policeman etc) before talking/standing nearby a stranger. This lets the stranger know that they are being watched and thus, deterred from doing anything dangerous to your son or daughter.

2. Never give out personal information: If they are ‘friends’ of the family, they should know information about you and your family. So don’t give away your home address, phone number, email etc.

3. If you are asked to go anywhere, tell the adult in charge who you’re going with, the destination you’re going and what you plan to do and what time you’re planning on coming back (if possible).

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Teach your children what to do to stay safe

What can your children do in case they get lost? 

Despite our best efforts sometimes things can still go wrong. Nevertheless, make sure that you arm your child by giving them an action plan in case something happens.

4. Ensure they memorize your home address and phone number. If your child is young consider having a bracelet/tag with your name, number and address on it so that they can be identified.

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Help Children identify trusted strangers, like policeman, just in case.

5. Roleplay situations: Ask them ‘what if’ questions. For example, if you’re separated when going to a theme park/supermarket etc tell them to meet at a certain place.

E.g: If you’re taking them to a theme park and they go missing, they will know to go back to say, the entrance of the theme park/lost and found tent so that they can be picked up safe and sound.

We hope that you liked this particular list. If you have any more to add, do let us know!

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5 Ways to Mould Your Children into Future Leaders

1. Don’t Obsess About Achievement   

Parents from our part of the world are extremely competitive. The popular notion is that being fixating on performance will make children high achievers. However, this can be seriously problematic, especially when we talk about leadership; leadership is not about where one person does everything-leaders surround themselves with capable individuals because they cant do everything by themselves. Help your kids understand that to go far in life, they will need to work together.

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Groom children to be good leaders.

2. Don’t Praise in excess

You know how you praise the kids for doing a good job over and over again? Don’t do that. Children need to develop self confidence to become leaders when they grow up. Excessively praising them lulls them into a false sense of security. By all means, show that you admire their passion, just don’t make them out to be brilliant when you know its not the case.

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Don’t go overboard and praise kids excessively.

3. Let them take risks and fail

A lot of parents are very protective of their kids. When they don’t let children take little risks, it creates a defensive mentality. Let them take risks and experience failure at a young age. This will help them deal with it at a later date during adulthood. Furthermore, if they do fail, give them your support, and show them that they can bounce back from failure and its not the end of the world by giving them your love and support as parents. Let them take risks, just make sure that if they fall, you’ll help them get back up again.

4.Say No

If a child wants something, it’s tempting to indulge them; after all, you may not have had the same opportunities and you want to give your child the best right? Wrong. Overindulging them will limit their development as leaders. You see, leaders delay instant gratification and work towards things which are important. Help kids learn to develop their patience the next time they ask for candy!

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Let kids take risks & be there for them if they fall

5. Walk The Talk

People can smell authenticity a mile away. The same applies to kids as well. They may think that people are perfect, but that’s not true. Be authentic as a parent, not just in what you say but also in what you do. When your kids see that you’re backing up your words with similar actions, they too will see this and ideally aspire to do the same in the future.

Parents, which one of these did you these do you like? If you have any pearls of wisdom, please share them in the comments below!

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5 Ways owning a dog can make you healthier

We’ve discussed at length about the many different types of changes you can incorporate to improve your life. Now, here’s a new topic of discussion; can dogs help you make healthier changes to your lifestyle? The short answer is Yes! Use these 5 points to see how much of a positive impact a dog can have on your health.

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1 Companionship: As the cliche goes, dogs are a man’s best friend. Being around an animal means you wont be prone towards depression or isolation. In fact, it gives you something to do. Most dog (and cat owners) speak to their pets and care for them, thus taking the attention away from them which means that the owner feels needed and wanted. Besides, who doesn’t want to come home to a loving animal who loves to greet you at the end of a long day?

2 Increased exercise: Dogs need exercise too! Taking your dog walking/running are fun ways to make exercise fun! The perks are that you’ll be more inclined to go since you’ve got an exercise partner, and it helps improve the bond between you and your four legged friend. Did we also mention that the exercise is good for you?

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Don’t like to exercise? Make sure your dog does!

3. Meet new people: Dogs are useful as they help you move around and meet new people-simply going out with your dog can be a conversation starter on its own. In addition, dog owners meet people with similar interests in pet stores, clubs, dog training classes etc. Use this wisely as you both have a common ground (your four legged friend) and then build relationships with new people.

4. Adds structure to your daily activities: Now, this may seem more like an annoyance, but taking care of a pet is a responsibly. Like all animals, dogs need to be fed, cleaned, taken to the vet, trained and generally taken care of. This ensures that your dog is calm and improves the whole bonding process.

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Dogs help to elevate your mood and lower stress

5. Instant stress relief and lowered anxiety: You know that dogs love to be petted, so stroking his/her fur is a great way to keep your dog happy, as well as improve your stress levels-making you calmer and more relaxed. In addition, since dogs live in the moment, they help you (the owner) to become more mindful of the present.

Did you like this list? Tell us the favorite things you love to do with your four legged friend in the comments below.

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important things to teach your kids about strangers, part I: The Basics

Given the nature of physical harassment which has been prevalent in Sri Lanka, especially towards young children, we feel its important for us to respond to the situation; for the next two weeks we will be posting information about protecting your children from strangers. Have a look;

  1. Who is a stranger? A lot of people imagine a certain stereotype- think dark, hooded figures. Make it perfectly clear using simple terms to your son or daughter. For example, simply say ‘a stranger is someone we don’t know’
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Make sure your kids know that its not OK to talk or go with a stranger without you
  1. Not all strangers are bad: A follow up to #1, its necessary to teach children that you can’t judge a book by its cover.. Help little ones identify who are strangers they can trust: this could be a policeman, a teacher or a server who works in a local store.
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Teach children that not all strangers are bad, but to be wary
  1. Identify and inform them about unsafe places: Dark streets, parking lots, areas without proper lightning or other people are areas which no child should ever venture alone. In addition, teach kids that it’s important to be smart about going online; establish basic ground rules such as never giving your name, photos, address or contact number to anyone online.
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Tell them to avoid dangerous places
  1. Tell them it’s OK to say ‘NO’: If someone tries to harass your son/daughter or tries to grab them, teach them to be assertive and say no. Show them that asserting themselves is important to keep kids safe, and that you won’t punish them for yelling at a stranger.
  1. Got an adult who asks for help? Teach your children that adults will not ask a child for help. Popular examples include asking for directions, asking to go for an ice-cream together or looking for a lost pet. Tell them to ask an adult instead or come to you (their parents) so that you can handle the situation.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 4 Famous Child/Teenage Inventors

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