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Message to Parents: Err on the Side of Caution to Protect Your Kids

Message to Parents: Err on the Side of Caution to Protect Your Kids

As part of my work as a sexual abuse attorney and an advocate for children, I occasionally give lectures to parents and youth organizations on how to keep kids safe from predators.

At these lectures, parents often come to me with questions about a person in their child’s life who makes them feel slightly uncomfortable.

Typically, the parent actually likes the person in question, but they have a gut feeling that has them concerned.

Once, a group of moms told me about a wonderful man who coaches their boys’ little league baseball team. The coach loves the kids so much that he invites them all to his house for Friday night team pizza parties.

The moms realized that this may not be appropriate, so they instead alternated hosting pizza parties in their homes every Friday night for the coach and the kids.

My first question for them was does this coach have a boy on the team? He didn’t. They said he was a single man with no children.

This is a major red flag. If a single man wants to spend his Friday nights with your boys, you do not want that man near your children.

These parents had a feeling in their gut that something was weird, but instead of confronting it, they went through an exotic maneuver and gave up their weekends so they could keep an eye on this guy.

When it comes to kids, you have to trust your instincts and err on the side of caution.

If you err on the side of caution, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

You’ve insulted someone who may really love your kids.

But if you don’t err on the side of caution, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

Your child’s soul has been murdered and you can never take that back.

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