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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

BFBN WEEK (Topic: Strangers): Teaching Stranger Danger to 2 Year Olds



It is Babywise Friendly Blog Network week! You will be hearing from these lovely ladies this week, all on the topic of "Strangers".





Today we are hearing from Kimberly. She's discussing how she is Teaching Stranger Danger to her 2 year old. She's starting young and introducing 5 simple concepts. Check out the sneak peek below and head on over to her site to read the full post!


"Bad guys!"  I was very surprised when I heard Ben call this out one day.  I mean, we don't really talk about bad guys or good guys.  Honestly I still try to shield him from negative thinking or worries like 'bad guys.'  I'm not entirely sure where it came from, but I think it is from one of the old Mickey Mouse episodes he got to see.  (I'm not blaming Mickey, we love Mickey.  I probably should have made sure the episode was a little more appropriate for him.  That is on me.)  Fortunately the only bad guys Ben has seen are the bumbling type.  He laughs at them and I see them as being an example of what not to do.  The phrase has made me think though.  Currently Ben is always with a family member.  He is going to start preschool soon enough and will be away from me on a consistent basis.  It is time to start teaching him about stranger danger.

How do I do this though?  A big issue I have with teaching about stranger danger at this age is that I don't want to introduce fears to Ben.  He doesn't currently worry about someone trying to hurt him or touch him inappropriately, and I do not want to be the one introducing those ideas to him.  I need to find a way to teach him to protect himself without scaring him.  And I need to figure out the proper language to use so he understands and can report back to me anything that is going on with him.  I have found with Ben that simple language and repetition is key, as with most kids his age.  I want to be able to have short conversations with him that we can repeat over and over.


Here are the things we are working on for our two year old.


1. Point out who can help.  I've already started talking about how police officers, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel are helpers.  They are safe people to go to when we need help.  Ben loves fire trucks and police cars, like most kids his age.  Every time we see one it gets his attention, making an easy transition into a brief conversation about helpers.  All I really say is that they are safe people if you are in danger or hurt.  They are good people to go to if Ben isn't with Pat or me.  I think at Ben's young age it makes more sense to point out who he can go to if he needs help, not just who he should avoid.



It is Babywise Friendly Blog Network week! You will be hearing from these lovely ladies this week, all on the topic of "Strangers".



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