Children and Self defense

01altarboydefencegg5.jpgReading through the news and a little shocked by the number of child sex assault charges and attempted kidnappings. Seems a little out there. What the heck is going on in the world. Anyway, it is more important than ever to teach you children proper safety. Everyone knows the stranger danger pitch, but it doesn’t end there. It is unfortunate that a lot of the articles I read involved family members. That is perhaps the worst part. Most parents don’t want to talk to their kids about certain issues, believe they aren’t old enough to understand, but  our children are smarter that we think. They understand concepts better than many adults these days. It is important to build avenues about uncomfortable topics so that kids will feel safe coming to you about them. These predator will try to induce fear to keep them silent, so you have to build that trust between you.

Now about self defense. I believe it is important to teach your children proper self defense. They may not be strong, but they can do plenty to keep themselves safe. In one article a man tried to lure a child in using the “I just need directions” line. he tried to get him to get in the passenger seat. As the child approached he noticed the man had himself exposed and was masturbation. The child ran to the public school and told his teachers. The man fled. This child knew what to do, but it is unfortunate that many don’t or don’t even get the chance. They are just grabbed off the street by one or  more perpetrators. Or lured away by a family member or friend of the family, with lies.

Children need to be taught that it is okay, to say no, or to run to a public place if someone is making them feel uncomfortable.  They should be taught to throw a punch, kick a shin, and attract attention from anyone nearby. This last one will cause the purp to panic and possible flee out of fear.

There are a number of Christian self defense techniques as well. Most perpetrators don’t like the sign of the Cross. Teach them how. You use the thumb and first two fingers. Go from forehead to navel, then shoulder to shoulder. The idea instantly fills them with guilt and shame and may flee.

If they make a habit of wearing a cross or carrying  rosaries. There is the crucifix stab. You slip the crucifix between you  middle and ring finger and jab at the attacker with it. Aim for a sensitive area like an eye or the face. If yo have the sturdy kind, on a chain or with metal links, They can be swung pretty hard. Especially if you have the large cross on the end.

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