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Hi, I don't know about other moms out there, but I started teaching my 3 1/2 yr old daughter about stranger danger when she was about 2 1/2. One of the things that I stressed to her was what to do in case we get separated while we are out together.
I told her to that if we were to get separated and you can't find Momma or Daddy that I want to to look for another mommy with kids, or a lady that looks like Auntie or Nanny. I told her that any lady can always help you and not to go to a man, that they wouldn't know how to help you. I understand that she'd probably be crying and very upset and what 3 yr old has the wits to remember that in a panic state. I just think that if she can remember this, the likelyhood of something happening to her in the presence of a woman is far less dangerous then going to a man. Think about that poor little boy from Brooklyn.
I've asked a few other moms that I know and I've been told that they taught their kids to look for a cop, fireman or store employee. Really though, how many cops are just walking the streets or hanging out in stores and I really don't think she would even know what a store person would look like. How many firemen are there walking around with their uniforms on too.
We go over this almost every time we go out somewhere. I'm not scaring her or making her paranoid, I just calmly ask her "Do you remember what to do if you can't find me?" She immediately says "I look for another mommy or lady and tell her I need help, and I don't ask daddies."
What are your thoughts on this, I'd be really interested in hearing from you.