Miami South | 07.28.14 | Talking to Your Kids About Stranger Safety

We all grew up hearing “Don’t talk to strangers.” For those of us who are now parents, that simple imperative sentence just doesn’t cut it. It’s not enough to convey to our children that speaking to strangers is dangerous; we also need to clearly set out survival strategies - without scaring the wits out of them. No good can come of our kids being afraid of their own shadows. They need to be strong, self-reliant, resilient and quick-thinking. We tackle this very issue in today’s blog, in which licensed psychologist Stephanie Triarhos, Ph.D. shares her strategies for empowering children to confront perilous situations head-on. Also in today’s edition, we are extending a hearty congratulations to some local women of influence and looking forward to a tax holiday that is coming our way. Read on for all of this and more.






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Researching, scheduling, preparing and coordinating are all critical steps parents take when mapping out their child’s school year. After all, parents want the best of the best for their child and that often leads to countless hours of agonizing over what to do {and how to do it!}. JAB is here to help eliminate the worry and stress associated with the start of the school year! Check out our Back to School Special Edition, brought to you by The Roig Academy, on August 14 for the 4-1-1 on all things school-related, from school open houses and programs to after-school activities and tutoring services. If you would like to tell our readers about your program or activity, then be sure to advertise in our Special Edition by emailing us HERE today. Deadline for participation is Thursday, August 7.



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At JAB we admire and support women who make a difference in the world. Congratulations to these inspirational businesswomen and leaders who work tirelessly to empower women and who are being honored by the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade as "Women of Influence":


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JABBERS, mark your calendars and have your back-to-school shopping list ready to go! The 2014 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is this coming weekend, from 12:01 am on Friday, August 1, until 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 3. During this holiday period, no sales tax will be collected on the following purchases:


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Talking to Your Kids About Stranger Safety 
A glimpse at the local news will remind any parent how important it is to discuss stranger safety with their child. Educating children to be aware of potential dangers while encouraging them to explore their worlds safely and confidently poses a tricky balance for parents. Parents rightly feel anxious about the idea of a stranger potentially causing harm to their child. Scaring your child into being aware of strangers without teaching the skills necessary to handle a potentially dangerous situation is less effective and may even be harmful. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that children are much more successful in managing dangerous situations when they have the confidence and self-esteem to confront them rather than telling them to simply be aware of strangers.



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