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Two life-saving tricks parents can teach their kids to help them if they ever get lost

"Situational awareness is a lifelong skill that you can start to teach them as babies in a stroller," says Sutherlin.
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“Situational awareness is a lifelong skill that you can start teaching them when they are babies in a stroller,” says Sutherlin.

Soraya Sutherlin, a certified emergency manager with over 13 years of experience helping entire communities better prepare for emergencies, informed parents that teaching their young children two important lessons would help them in the event of a disappearance and could reunite their families much faster. .

1. Teach your children to find nearby landmarks

“Situational awareness is a lifelong skill that you can start teaching them when they are babies in a stroller,” says Sutherlin.

When taking walks or walks with the family, point out memorable trees, signs, and the location of landmarks such as schools, shops, and statues. According to Sutherland, this encourages children to make an effort to look “up and around,” thus also encouraging communication and decreasing the likelihood that children will be lost.

“If your child has ever been separated from you and is too young to know his address, he might say, ‘I live four blocks from a fire station,’ or, ‘I live in two blocks from a big blue house with a red flag. ‘”she says.” These can be pointers to help you find your child. “

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2. Teach your children to find a parent

Much like landmarks, Sutherland encourages parents to teach their children how to identify caregivers and trusted members of the community.

Instead of advising children to never talk to strangers, parents can help their children find help by teaching them to “find a mom with kids” or to spot a stroller nearby.

“Absolutely, I always say, ‘Find a mom or a group of moms with kids,'” she said. “There are deviations from what’s going on in the world, but in general it’s a good rule of thumb.”

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