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Make Opening Your Door a Decision, not a Habit You ALWAYS have the choice to open your door when someone rings or knocks. Once you have opened it, though, you may not have the choice of closing it easily if you have a problem. Instead of habitually opening your door when someone is there, THINK FIRST and open the door only when you are sure you want the person on the other side of the door to be able to come inside of your home.

Q's & A's (1/2002)

QUESTION: "How can I teach my timid young daughter to be careful of strangers without making her afraid of everyone?"

 ANSWER: Be sure that you are calm yourself when you talk to your daughter. If you sound anxious, she will pick up on that. Tell her in a matter-of-fact way that you believe that most people are GOOD, but that a few people have problems that might cause them to hurt kids.

She does NOT have to worry about this if she follows your safety rules. If your daughter is by herself, the safety rule is to come and check with you first before she gets close to or talks to anyone she doesn't know well. Help her come up with specific examples of people she knows well and people she doesn't.

Studies have shown that just raising awareness will raise anxiety. Practicing skills reduces anxiety. Have your daughter pretend that a friendly stranger is approaching her and have her practice coming to you to check first.