Emergency planning is normally looked upon as something a corporation implements to alleviate a crisis. However, there’s more than that to emergency planning. It represents a key function in making sure our kids are safe and reduces the possibility that they may become the recipient to sudden predatory exploits.
Situational awareness and intuition should be used together. I would describe situational awareness as being exceptionally conscious of what’s going on around you.
Intuition, on the other hand, is the perception of reality, minus actual proof. Intuition enables you respond to your surroundings.
For instance, think about a time where you were approached by someone and it felt a bit unnerving. Something didn’t seem right but you couldn’t put your finger on it. That, my friend, is intuition. Your intuition signals to you that something isn’t quite right, without evidence or proof. You sense it.
Knowing how to use intuition and situational awareness is essential. For instance, you and your child are at the State Fair surrounded by lots of people. Situational awareness is to automatically be mindful of: Where are the exits? Which way would we need to go to get out of the crowd? Who are the folks near me and how would I describe them? How close are they to my child? Who, if anyone, is my child chatting with? Is my child near me? What is their attention focused on and what could quickly distract them?
Intuition has a significant role in how you react to what’s going on around you. For instance, at what point is it important for you to hold your child’s hand? When do you cut short the conversation they are having with someone? When do you pick them up? How often do you check how far away they are from you? When do you get in between them and someone else? When do you start getting closer to the exit?
There are some that believe that this is going overboard. That it is paranoia and unsound reasoning. There is a point where this could be true. Balance is essential, you don’t want to go overboard and create unnecessary fear and trepidation in your child. If you are prone to anxiety and panic attacks then it’s possible that your judgment may be a little clouded. Not always, but surely in some instances. Getting some help in the form of therapy could help you better discern between a real threat and a non-threatening situation.
Personally, when I lie down at night I want to know that my children are as safe can possibly be. That’s my top priority. It doesn’t matter to me who thinks I’m being overprotective. Absolutely nothing is more important to me than my children and their safety will never take a back seat to anything else.
You have to learn to trust your intuition. Always be aware of what’s going on around you. Learn about predatory behavior, how pedophiles are able to access their victims, how and where the majority of crimes against children are committed and how the Internet plays a role in all this as well.
It’s equally important that we instill in our children how to trust their intuition. If they feel uncomfortable being somewhere or around a particular person, then don’t force it. Too many parents make this mistake and their child ends up paying for it by being abused or harmed in some way. There are times when you MUST leave your child in the care of someone they are uncomfortable with. Just make sure it’s someone you absolutely trust beyond a shadow of a doubt. The rule of thumb should be: If you wouldn’t trust that person with the keys to your brand new car (or house) then don’t leave your most precious possession (your children) with them.