PROTECTING YOUR KIDS

I heard a sad story last week. A 12-yr old girl was molested. And this happened 25 years ago. She just finally was able to tell her mom about it recently.  This girl has had several failed relationships in the past and is now a single mother.  I’ve read that at least two out of every ten girls and one out of every ten boys are sexually abused by the end of their 13th year and that most children who are sexually abused, are abused by a family member or close friend?

As parents, we can help protect our children by educating them. We have made it clear to our kids very early that no one, not their teacher, or doctor, not anyone, is allowed to touch them beyond a hand shake or a pat on the back. If somebody attempts to touch them where they shouldn’t be touched, they need to kick and scream and call for help. We also protect them by not allowing them to go into neighbors’ houses or sleepovers if we don’t really know the family that well. They cannot be alone with the opposite sex whatever the place is. We always accompany them in public restrooms. And most importantly, always communicate with your children. Make them feel they can tell you anything. And that there shouldn’t be secrets between you.

It’s always worth it to play safe with our kids rather than risk them going through a traumatic experience.

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3 Replies to “PROTECTING YOUR KIDS”

  1. so true! i was sexually abused repetitively as a child and it was a very traumatic experience. im thankful we serve a God that is able to redeem our pasts and make our hearts new. God has healed me from the painful memories and allowed me to forgive and move on.

    but because of what happened to me as a child, i am a bit overprotective and i am very choosy as to who my child can be left alone with… i tell my son that he needs to be open with me and i ask him questions and tell him that his word will always be trusted above any one elses.

    we have to be as wise as serpents but as pure as doves… and part of being wise is knowing how to be able protect our kids from people/things that will rob them of their innocence. in the end though, it’s our prayers as parents that will cover that will keep a hedge of protection around them always.

    1. patricia, thanks for sharing a very personal part of your life. but yes, thank God for His redeeming grace. i pray God will give all of us parents the wisdom we need to make sure our kids are safe. take care! 🙂

  2. sigh. that is truly my greatest fear for my children. i’d rather die than have them go through something so traumatic. but praise God for His love and protection upon our kids, and the wisdom He gives us parents to protect them, and the security He gives us because He is indeed in control. thank you for the reminder to be watchful and to play it safe with the kids.

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