We all know the importance of situational awareness but how many of you have serious thought about your kids needing to learn it too? I mean we teach them to look before crossing the road and about stranger danger but there is so much more than that.
Now, I know one thing about every single parent that is reading this now. That’s that you love your children and want to see them safe and well, right?
Let’s be honest for a second. We can do every single thing right as a parent but something will always go wrong somewhere along the way. This isn’t just a dangerous world for us but also for our children.
Think about it, children are being kidnapped and people are walking into schools and opening fire on who, children. We must teach them to become more aware, perceptive, and intuitive because let’s face it, children are easily distracted.
How to Teach Your Children About Situational Awareness
As with anything it is important not to try and rush your child into learning otherwise they will just lose focus. Instead, make it serious but also fun and entertaining for them to keep their attention.
The easiest way to get things to stick in people’s minds is to ask them questions. Now, you obviously don’t want to bombard them with a million questions about the people and building when you leave some place but start small and progress.
You could choose to ask questions about where the exits were, the color of bag the lady was carrying, displays, it could be anything you like. Ask a different set of questions each time you leave a store so that they don’t know exactly what to look for in the store.
1. Awareness of Places
Some questions that you could look at asking your child for place awareness include:
- How many exits were there?
- Where was the bathroom?
- Where did we park?
- Did we leave through the same door we entered?
No child can learn instantly overnight it is going to take a lot of practice but you will soon start to see the improvements in your child. They will not have to think so much before giving answers and will already know that they are right. Once they have reached this stage it is time to start teaching them how to be more aware of the people around them.
2. Awareness of People
For this part of the situational awareness training you could think about asking questions such as:
- What color gloves was that lady wearing?
- What color hair was the waitress have in the restaurant?
- How many were there?
- Were they wearing glasses?
3. Awareness of Details/Things
You want to be able to teach your children how to pick up on the little details, the things that everyone else just pass by. If there is a crime, it is these kinds of details that can get someone caught.
A few questions for this could include:
- How many stickers were on their name tag?
- What was on the display stand when we first came in?
- What color car did we park next to in the parking lot?
You are going to reach a point in time where you just know that your kid has it. They will start to pick up on things around them that they would have missed before. Teaching them how to be more aware of their surroundings can save their lives. This isn’t something that you have to put into your diary or make space for on the calendar. This can be done literally any place that you and your children are together.
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