Today’s world is dangerous. And it’s not just out on the streets that you need to worry about the health and safety of your family. Did you know that there are close to half a billion burglaries in the US each year? Home robberies likely mean a loss of property but can also mean that there is a real and serious threat to the well-being of your family. A well thought out family security plan can help mitigate these occasions. To make sure your family is ready, you should sit down with your kids to talk through the security plan and make sure they are ready in the event that the plan needs to be activated.
In order to make the meeting a success, you’ll want to make sure you be careful of the following
Once you have your game plan outlined, you should schedule a family meeting – this can be in addition to or during the regular family meeting. While there are certain points you’ll want to make sure you get across, you should also make sure that you are flexible enough with the plan that your kids can help you create the plan during the meeting. Children will be more likely to follow a plan that they’ve helped to craft. You can even turn the plan creation into a game – you can go outside and pretend to be robbers. Ask your kids where they would break into the house and how they think it would be best to protect the home from these robbers. Kids are incredibly creative and will not only come up with some fun ideas but will likely help you think about your own home security outside of the box. The point of this exercise is not to make your kids feel unsafe – but to emphasize the fact that they are safe and that you’re working hard to make sure they stay that way.
It’s important to keep an open discussion with your kids about home security. It will make them feel safer in their home and will make you feel more at ease by having well-informed and thoughtful kids.