The Tears Still Fall

The Tears Still Fall

by Allison Lefrak 

The Tears Still Fall was originally published on December 28, 2012 by MomsRising.org. It has been reprinted with permission. 

Two weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, I am struggling to determine the reasons why my feelings about it are still so raw. There is no other national tragedy that has affected me so deeply. 

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Toddler Tip: Being The BOSS of Your Body (Personal Safety for Young Children)

These tips on teaching your children personal safety are from Pattie Fitzgerald, safety specialist and founder of Safely Ever After. Pattie reminds us that “Being the BOSS means you can tell ANYONE to leave your private parts alone… even a bigger kid or a grownup!  Being the BOSS means you can tell someone else that you won’t touch THEIR private parts, either!”

Kids love being the BOSS and this empowers them to be able to use their voice in any "yucky," uncomfortable situation. Being the BOSS OF YOUR BODY also works on the playground at school, in case another child is being physically aggressive in some way. The BOSS is in charge of THEIR Body!  (Make sure your child knows that they should tell you anytime someone gives them an UH-OH feeling.)

Pattie authored Twigtale's "I'm The Boss of My Body" and has been successfully teaching Child Predator Safety Awareness since 2001.

 

Toddler Tip: Being The BOSS of Your Body (Personal Safety for Young Children) was originally published on June 3, 2014. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on December 10, 2015. 

 

 

Tuesday Toddler Tip: Teaching Our Kids to Stay Safe

As parents of little ones, we all agree that the protecting our kids from abuse and abduction is of paramount importance. That said, parents often feel lost (and anxious) when trying to figure out how to teach young kids about personal safety. Pattie Fitzgerald, of SafelyEverAfter.com, shared a few tips on how to teach our young kids to trust their instincts and keep their bodies safe: 

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