Saturday, November 9, 2013

I Can Be Safe

"I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety" by Pat Thomas

This book is about safety for young children. It talks about how, in general, most adults like teachers, doctors, and so forth, are people who can help children. It describes the importance of safety when playing sports. It reinforces the need to know parent's names, address, and phone number, as well as other important emergency contact information.

There is a section on fear. "Did you know that each of us also has a special feeling that lets us know when things are not safe? This feeling is called fear, an instinct that helps warn us when something is wrong or we are in danger. When you feel unsafe, fear can make your tummy or your head feel funny. It can make your heart beat faster and make it hard to breathe. Always trust your feelings-they are there to protect you."

There are a couple of pages that review about how people should never touch any part of your body covered by your swimsuit. And if someone does, you should tell a parent.

It reviews how fear can keep us from danger. Sometimes we aren't safe, but it is important to learn from mistakes.

This can be a valuable resource for parents who are unsure of how to inform and empower their children to deal with these sensitive topics. I think it is ultimately the parents' job to provide their children with the practical wisdom to be safe in a world that is sometimes unsafe.