The safety of our children, as caregivers, is something that is instinctual and yet, in moments of the unknown, extremely overwhelming. We want to use our mama bear instincts to do everything we can to protect our children from danger. We put plastic in our outlets and we tighten the car seat straps. When we finally send our child out into the world, our ability to protect them changes. As we see an increase of violence in our communities, tensions in our world and school violence at an uncomfortable high, having honest conversations with our children can prevent trauma and anxiety of the unknown- as well as create a proactive culture of open communication.
Tips for talking about safe environments: