So.... when I came across this article: “Tricky People” Are the New Strangers" by CheckListMommy, I knew I had to share it - with her and with you! I LOVE the idea of "Tricky Adults" .... unlike the old "stranger danger" it does not give a false sense of security to the child (or parent) just because there isn't a stranger around. Instead, it teaches that any adult who is trying to trick a child shouldn't be trusted. Examples are :
- grown-ups who ask kids for help
- grown-ups who tell children to keep secrets from Mommy & Daddy
- grown-ups who insist there is no need to ask Mommy & Daddy before doing something
- grown-ups who try to trick a child into believing that Mommy said it was OK (Mommy would tell you herself!)
In addition to describing a tricky adult to kids, the article also tells us what we, as parents, need to be suspicious of.... and it provides a great reason (one that I never thought of at least) to teach kids the proper names for their privates. I couldn't say any of it any better than she does, so check out the full article here.
Stay safe, my friends!