There are some things that as parents we don’t often think to teach our kids. Maybe we think some things are just common sense and that generally, our kids will do what’s right.
However, after being a parent for over a decade now, I do know that sometimes kids make bad decisions. There are moments that bad decisions can have dire consequences that our kids may not be aware of.
This is one such moment.
It took me a while to decide how I wanted to tackle the issue. I was furious when this first happened. I called the school and ranted about how upset I was that the teachers had no control over these
I was told, “Some kids just act out,” and “This is a parenting issue.”
Since behavior problems are a parenting issue I decided I would make a plea to other parents.
My heart breaks that we even have to discuss things like this with our sweet, innocent children.
It started last Friday when my 10-year-old got off the bus. As she was walking up the driveway I could tell by her body language that there was something wrong.
She wasn’t upset or crying, she looked angry and exasperated.
Naturally, when she came in I asked her how her day was.
As she dropped her backpack on the entryway bench she said, in an eerily matter-of-fact tone, “If there was a shooter at school today for real I would have died.”
My heart sank. Before I let my emotions overtake me I asked her why she thought that.
She continued, “Mom, there was a lockdown drill today and (she named 3 boys) didn’t take it seriously.”
Apparently, the boys were running around, wrestling and yelling, “Hey, we’re in here! Come shoot us!”
Now don’t take this the wrong way, I only mention that they were boys for the sake of telling the story. Girls could easily behave the same way. These drills are a pretty common thing these days. As sad as it makes me that our children have to practice for stuff like this, I have come to terms with it.
We live in a dangerous world and the schools are doing what they can to protect everyone.
Before I go on, I want to give you a little background about my husband and I.
We are both veterans of the U.S. military. We take training and preparing for disasters pretty seriously and have imparted that to our children.
The number one thing we have taught them about school safety is pretty simple…
To treat every drill as though it were the real thing.
You see, when we began military training we were taught to treat every training evolution as though it were the real thing because our lives and those around us depended on it. The same holds true during any drill at school.
How do we teach our children about these things without frightening them?
This will vary for everyone, but for us, we talk about stuff. We discuss the dangers of different things and what we can do to protect ourselves and others.
Once a week or so, just before the kids get on the bus I ask, “what do you do if there is a drill today?” They answer, “take it seriously and follow directions.” This is what I want every parent to teach their children. Teach them how important it is to take these things seriously because their lives and the lives around them may one day depend on it.
It doesn’t matter what sort of drill it is, it’s vital that the children follow the instructions of the adults. Whilst this drill was preparing the children for a shooting situation, other drills, such as a fire, hold the same importance. Apparently, some children don’t take the fire drills seriously anymore because most school have fire doors installed. However, it’s not that easy. Whilst fire doors, similar to those on Industrial Door Company’s website (click to visit), are extremely beneficial in the event of a fire, children still have to evacuate.
That is not all though. There are other steps that schools can take to ensure that their buildings are safe and secure. For example, being able to determine whether or not certain students and adults are supposed to be inside a school at any given time is extremely important to the safety and well-being of all students and staff. Consequently, ID badges are a simple way to easily determine who is on campus. Additionally, with the introduction of smart cards and chip-embedded badges, ID cards are a functional element of the school environment. You can learn more about the benefits of ID cards for staff and students here: https://instantcard.net/k-12/.
No matter the drill, the children need to act sensibly, otherwise they run the risk of putting their classmates in danger. So, whether it’s a fire drill or a shooting drill, be sure to teach your children that they are practiced for their own benefit.
I tried to keep this short and informative. What are your thoughts on the subject? I really feel that teaching our kids about tough things is very important but I also want to protect their innocence. Certainly, many parents feel the same way.
Let’s discuss in the comments below!