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There is a fine line between being careful and being fearful. Between teaching a child and scaring a child. A fine line we parents walk every day. When said child is naturally more cautious and a bit fearful to begin with, that line is thin and blurry.
“Mommy a little boy said hi to me and wanted to talk to me, but I didn’t want to because I know I am not supposed to talk to strangers.”
See, blurry fine line.
The little boy in question was about 5-6 years old and he was waiting in line with his family next to ours at the store. Not the threat I had in mind when I taught K not to talk to strangers. For that matter, how about all of those well-meaning store clerks, friendly mothers and other passerbyers who say hi to K and her sister? Not what I meant either.
K loves to make new friends, and within the safe confines of the school playground she does so frequently and easily. She’s a chatterbox who unabashedly wants to be friends with everyone she meets — as long as the meeting is on her terms and in a comfortable situation that is. But approach her at the wrong time or place, even family reunions, and she clams up.
So while the threat of dangerous strangers is out there, I choose to focus on good strangers. While emphasizing safety, never go anywhere with a stranger, I encourage a polite “Hello” and a smile. There are so many good people in the world, I don’t want my girls to be fearful of life. I want them to live, make new friends and focus on the good.
Allstate Good Life has the same philosophy. Sure, you could get into a wreck on your way to work or tree could fall on your house. But that is probably not going to happen. So why live in fear? It’s time to enjoy the good life. Rather than fearing what could happen, let’s embrace living life. Let’s smile and say hello to strangers, maybe we will even brighten someone’s day. If nothing else, we might make a new friend or go on a grand adventure.
Watch this video to see what I mean.
How do you celebrate the good life?