Saturday, June 10, 2006

Goal Setting for Kids - Do you know where your children are???

Being a Mother I try and instill in my children not to talk to strangers, look both ways before you cross the street, and anything else I can think of to keep them from getting injured or harmed. They understand it is for their own safety and because their Father and I love them and want to protect them.
On the other hand, living in a small town as we do I tend to get a bit complacent when it comes to locking doors and other safety precautions. In a small town the crime rate is lower and there is just a general feeling, that all is well. So it was to my utter horror to hear that an 11 year old girl had been abducted in another small town not more than 15 minutes from where I live. Apparently her parents had allowed her to walk to the video store alone to get a movie and while she made it to the video store, through no fault of her own, she never made it home. A Mother's worst nightmare!!!
An event such as this makes you realize that in this day and age, small town or not we as parents need to be more diligent in knowing our children's whereabouts. It is sad but true the days when we could allow our children to walk to school unattended or to the candy store for some sweets are all but gone. Our job as parents is to protect our children at all cost. We must understand that there are people out there that wish to harm our children and take the appropriate measures to make sure it doesn't happen. Make it a habit to talk to your children regularly about safety and the how imperative it is that you know where they are at all times.
I am so happy to say that this blog has a happy ending. The little girl was found alive although somewhat traumatized and the culprit apprehended. The sad reality is that normally a much graver outcome would have been the case.
Use this example to look at your own children, make it a point to always check up on them when they are away from you, even if they say they are going to a friends house. It only takes a quick phone call to give you a little peace of mind.
Watch out for issue #12 where we will be doing a special feature on Internet safety for your children.
Happy Goal Setting with Your Kids

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