Hi! I’m CJ Scarlet, Badass Grandma, Danger Expert, and VIP (Very Influential Parent) Coach, and I’m here to assure you that the world isn’t nearly as dangerous as the media makes it sound.
Yes, there are predators out there you need to watch for, but you—and your child—have a tremendous amount of power to keep her (or him) safe.
Throughout your darling’s childhood, she’s going to encounter tons of people, most of whom you both know fairly well—at daycare and school, on play dates, at events, in your own home—and any one of them could be a predator. I don’t care how alert you think you are; you can’t keep her in your sight every minute; it’s not possible and it’s not even remotely healthy.
Your child’s best bet to stay safe is for you to teach her what she needs to know about how to protect and defend herself when you’re not around.
Why It’s So Important to Parent-Up
According to Edmund Burke, the only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good parents to do nothing to teach their kids how to protect and defend themselves from a-hole predators. (OK, so that’s not exactly what Burke said, but you get my point.)
Research shows that children who are taught to protect and defend themselves—by doing things like yelling, running away, saying “no,” or fighting—are less attractive to predators and stand a significantly greater chance of avoiding and escaping an abusive situation or potential abduction.
Educating yourself and your child is super liberating, and the positive seeds you plant in her mind today will blossom into positive behaviors that will serve her throughout her life.
Rather than worrying about nebulous dangers, you’ll know the facts, and once you teach your child the tools and tips CJ shares, you’ll sleep better at night knowing you’ve taught your child to be a little baby badass who can take care of herself.
Take a Look Around
On this website, I share information, resources, and advice for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers about how to talk to kids about danger without scaring them to death.
Here you can:
It’s time to be the parent your child deserves!