Much has been written about what to do after problems arise with children and adolescents, yet many problems can be prevented. One way we can prevent problems is by taking care of our children’s needs.
The need for physical and emotional safety is essential for all of us, but especially for children. Physically and emotionally safe environments help children grow up happier and healthier. This is also a lot of truth in the saying, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
There is today a great need for parents to create an island of safety in the home. A safe environment can help prevent problems or reduce their severity as children are growing up. In creating safety, parents lay the foundation for trust, mental health, and happiness.
A safe home environment involves more than just the house itself. It also includes the neighborhood. When you know your neighbors, you can let your kids know which ones you trust and who they can go to for help if you are not at home. You also help to create a safe environment when you introduce your kids to your friends and when you encourage your children to have friends of their own. Every child needs at least one good friend. Friends….people who look out for each other….create a sense of safety in our lives.
Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction