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The new rule every parent needs to know

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An honest person will likely admit that at some time in their childhood, they were given this rule. In fact, many parents will admit they continue to pass this rule onto their own children. Yet, in the same breath, we might encourage our children to talk to the supermarket cashier, the sales person or the long lost relative. All of these people fit the definition of a stranger, but for some unknown reason it is okay for the child to talk to them. At best, this rule sends mixed messages to our kids.   There is a strong shift away from the old rule of “never talk to strangers” to “never go anywhere with anyone without asking permission first”.  A child who has been taught to never talk to strangers may feel they have nowhere to go if they find themselves lost in a shopping centre or other public place.   As parents we need to emphasise ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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