Hey, Parents: Teach Your Kids to Play It S.A.F.E.
We all know how important situational awareness is, and this practice extends far beyond gun owners. It’s a large part of ensuring you don’t become a victim, at any age.
As a mom, it’s my responsibility to ensure my children learn to always be aware of their surroundings. Therefore, I’m teaching them to be SAFE: Stay away from strangers, be Aware of their surroundings, Follow their instincts, and Evaluate their options. These four simple rules help me to not only be prepared for anything but also avoid dangerous situations – so why wouldn’t I teach them to my kids?
To do that, when my kids were young, I started Playing it S.A.F.E.: Situational Awareness Family (or Fun) Exercises.
As we’re out and about with the kids, we keep tabs on things and people around us which. As former private detectives, this comes as second nature to us. For instance, we quiz them in stores with questions like “How many people were with us in the last aisle?” or “What was the cashier’s name?” Many of these questions are simple, but only for people truly aware of their situation.
Some tests are a bit harder. At any given time, I’ll say, “FREEZE.” The kids have to stand still and close their eyes, then point to the nearest exit.
Even when we’re doing something routine like leaving church, I’ll question the kids, “What aisle are we parked in?” or make it harder by asking, “Did anyone see was written on the display right inside the door?” The more you challenge yourself and those around you to notice your surroundings, the better you’ll become at increasing your situational awareness.
Now that my kids are intent on quizzing (and stumping) me on things they observe while we’re out and about, I hereby pass the torch to you to play it SAFE with your family, friends, and loved ones!
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About the Author: Jenn “Jakes” Jacques was born and raised in a big Belgian family in rural Northern Wisconsin — but don’t hold that against her. This does, however, make her sound Canadian-ish don’tchaknow and that you can hold against her.
She is the daughter of a great hunter, a wife, a mother, a Visiting Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum, a frequent pontificatatrix1 for the NRA, a former editor for Bearing Arms, and what we describe around here as a “good gal with a gun.” She frequently appears all over NRA TV, has been covered by Townhall.com, the Washington Post, and Women’s Outdoor News, but perhaps most importantly, she has a ridiculous working knowledge of 80’s movie trivia.
Jakes is an active and ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, an outspoken concealed carry advocate, and an avid outdoorswoman. If you can’t find her fishing, she’s likely hunting or running like a frenetic mad woman (kinda the same way she talks) on any number of Badger State nature trails.
Jenn (once crowned Miss Barron County!) is a former private investigator who once made a field goal in the Don Hudson Center at 30 yards (true story). She is married to a great beast of a man with whom she has three children.
Jenn drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon and has great taste in bourbon. ‘Nuff said.
Jenn’s website is called Just Jenn and if you’re a social media freak like she is, you can find her on Twitter and on Facebook but she’s always blabbering about something somewhere, so follow her to stay in the know.
1 Yes, we made that term up, don’t tell us how to Freedom.