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Our children mean the world to us when they are born we are ecstatic; we want to scream from the mountain tops "My baby is here and he/she is beautiful". However, when we bring children into the world it also becomes one of the scariest times for us as parents. We wonder how we’re going to succeed at caring for the new life of our child that God has entrusted us with. We question our abilities especially if it is our first time being parents. However, we learn to push through our fears and we marvel at every new milestone our children achieve on the path to adulthood. As parents we want to get a grade of "A" on our report for keeping our children safe from harm.
The reality is that in a world of chaos no matter how great our efforts are it is not always possible for us to protect our children 100% of the time. Many of the tragedies that occur concerning our children’s safety occur outside the home for instance: school shootings or kidnapping. One thing that we must do to keep our children safe is to educate them. It is important to have conversations with our children about "danger" no matter how difficult that may be. We have to be honest and open with them by explaining in detail to them thing they should do if danger comes their way. Our children need to memorize certain pieces of information like their parents first and last names, contact information, places of employment, caretaker information, and emergencies numbers they can use to call for help.
There are many predictors who roam the world looking to advantage of our children so we have to do our part to protect them. As parents we also need to be willing to work with our children's school administrators, and with other parents in keeping an active dialogue on hot button issues such as gun control, predictor identity, and school policies regarding emergency preparedness to keep our children safe. We cannot shy away from doing our part to keep our children safe. God has given us the greatest gift of being parents to our beautiful angels so we would be remiss not to take that responsibility seriously.