Teaching Our Children: Stranger Danger vs Just Being Cordial

There are many devices these days that’s intended to protect us and our families from harmful and malicious intents. Among these gadgets are “alarms”, from personal protective alarm to best pool alarm review, all these emit a signal to attract help and to distract people with malicious intent. In this post, I am going to cover how I taught my grandson how to differentiate strangers and become cordial to other people when I am around.

Stranger Danger

My grandson, at 6-years old, had been asking recently at how he should handle strangers. It had been obvious that the school had been teaching them about the various dangers of strangers. He was eager and curious to know what to do.

I like the fact that my grandson is learning to become self-aware of people and things happening around him. So I decided to give him a difference between staying away from strangers and the mere fact that you need to approach someone when you need help. We live in the suburbs, where people know each other. So naturally, my grandson seems confused about who are strangers.

We rode an elevator in the mall, and a kind senior woman asked him his age, he stood looking stunned and kept his mouth closed. Later, I asked him why he has not answered the kind lady. He said simply that the lady was a stranger.

While I think my grandson is smart enough to make a move on not speaking to strangers, I still want to teach him the way to be cordial and polite when approached by strangers in my presence or in the presence of any adult of whom he can trust.

My goal sounds easy but in fact, it was a challenge. I don’t want to give him confusing information so in this task I needed some help. While the internet is a fun way to gain knowledge, I’d rather get help I needed from children’s books (sounds classic). I want to him to learn the old-fashioned way and besides it was how my own grandmother taught me when I was young and growing up.

Books That Can Help You Teach Your Children About Stranger Danger, Getting Lost, and Their Bodies

Here are the books that helped me teach my grandson the lesson about strangers and being cordial. These are my personal favorite books that educate preschool as well as elementary school-children on how to deal with situations like being lost, how to avoid strangers and the thing about privacy when it comes to their body. Indeed, a difficult topic to speak about with kids, but by so doing, we carry out what is very best to allow them to guarantee their protection as well as their happiness.

1. A Little Book About Safety by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

2. The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Jan Berenstain

3. Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Maude Spelman

4. Never Talk to Strangers by Irma Joyce

5. The Day My Parents Got Lost by Susette Williams

These are five books you will love as much as I do. Happy teaching and reading with your child.