Today we had a police officer visit us. He read us a book. As he read the book he showed us the ” tools ” he had on his belt to keep us safe . He used the term ” safe ” many times. He told us he was our safe keeper .
He let us look in his brand new police car.
It was really fancy . At lunch a few of the girls had a conversation about why the front seat was ” soft and cushy ” and the back was hard.
Child 1. Maybe its so when he turns curves fast you slide across.
Child 2. Maybe its because people been bad and deserve a hard seat.
Each time I write a blog for you I try to find a small way to help you as a parent continue the conversation at home. Today I googled ” How to teach your preschooler about police officers… ” I am appalled and angry at the things that popped up from my search . I wanted an article that reiterated how to teach children to respect officers. I wanted it to say ” if you are in trouble, find a police officer . He will help you. ” What I found was the opposite. Has our society changed so much since I was a child ? Am I naive enough to think that all policemen in the 70’s were kind and there were not a few bad apples ? No, I am sure there were but none the less I was taught to respect officers as an authority figure . Everything I came across said things like ” be careful ” or ” even if they are wrong do what they say .. ”
Yes, there are a few officers nationwide that make really bad choices but that should not stereotype who these people are as a whole and the fact that they protect us and help us follow a law that has been determined to create order.
These men and women are someone’s children . These men and women are someone’s parent. They risk their lives for us. I can tell you what I teach in my home and at preschool.
Police officers keep us safe.
Police officers are brave.
Police officers have tools.
We address police officers as ” police man or officer .” We do not refer to them as the pigs or the PoPo.
To say thank you to them ( and the firemen ) we made a Thank you note. For all you have done and all you will do I know I am safe because of you….