It’s a sensitive subject and one any parent prays they will never have to confront – what if someone tries to hurt my child? How do I protect and yet inform him or her about the reality that there is evil in this world? And worse yet, what if that sexual predator turns out to be a beloved teacher, coach or neighbor? It seems you can’t turn on a news program without hearing about some grossly inappropriate behavior being perpetrated by a trusted member of the community. My husband and I just recently completed a 30-hour course to become foster parents where this topic was discussed at length, as many of these children have been violated by those who were supposed to protect them the most.
Even though I have discussed this topic with my 11-year-old son, the following article from blogger Cori Linder at ModernMom.com gives practical tips and advice on discussing this subject with your kids that I will be mindful of the next time I “check in” with my son (and, hopefully soon, with our child in care).
Have you had this conversation with your kids yet? How did you handle it? How did they?