Seven-year-old Somer Thompson of Florida was kidnapped on her way home from school and murdered. Reports of the incident appeared on many news stations and Websites including MSNBC.com. Her Mom Diena Thompson wants all parents to know the importance of telling your child everyday how much you love them. She questions why parents feel they are too busy to take the few seconds it would take each day to affirm their love to each child. She hopes that her daughter Somer knew just how much she was loved. In this uncertain world where safety is questionable and parents imagine that kids are safe walking home from school; it is vital to teach kids not only how to be safe but what to do if the unthinkable happens. Kids must be taught to not deviate from safety guidelines because it takes just a mere few moments of not obeying for the unimaginable horror to occur as it did for Somer.
There is little Diena can do now to protect Somer, but she can take steps to protect Somer’s twin brother and her other daughter. She can be a voice crying out to other parents giving them sage advice learned the hard way about the importance of giving time and attention to children now while there is still time to embrace them, guide them and instill into them the safety habits that someday may save their lives.
It is a sad state of affair when children are not safe walking home from school in neighborhoods that should be safe havens for them to grow up in. How can parents safeguard precious children from becoming victims in a world where individuals prey upon these innocents? What lessons should every parent take to heart from the Somer Thompson kidnapping and murder? How should parents apply these lessons so that perhaps stories such as the kidnapping and murder of Somer are not repeated in towns and cities across America and throughout the world?
International Adoption Articles Directory has a wonderful article about the importance of showing your child how much you love him or her. The article is Do You Show Your Love To Your Child? The article addresses the fact that confirming to a child that they are loved is the most important Show-and-Tell that a parent can demonstrate for that child and that doing so helps the child in so many ways. The article explains that there are so many ways that parents can show love for a child and that it is critical that parents do not miss opportunities to show love. The author Deanna Mascle makes a point of explaining that showing a child they are loved must be a priority parents cannot forget or make light of because no one knows what the future holds. Somer’s mom never dreamed the morning she sent Somer off to school that she was being given her very last chance to show Somer just how much she loved her little girl. No parent wants to endure what Diena has been going through in that she questions whether or not Somer knew that she loved her.
Diena expressed to news reporters that she did stress safety rules to her children regarding how to safely walk home from school such as making sure the three of them knew they had to walk together. On the day Somer was taken her twin lagged behind and Somer ran ahead of her older sister. Her sister noted that Somer was not at the next crossing guard when she expected to be able to catch up with Somer there. Apparently the kidnapping occurred sometime in-between when her sister and Somer separated and the point when Somer’s sister arrived at the next crossing guard according to an ABC Nightline news video.
Stranger Safety Rules
The Website, Safe Child Strangers does a good job of explaining about who stranger offenders are, what the child’s point of view is, the safe child approach and also a stranger rules checklist to follow in order to assure that you as a parent are doing all you can to keep your child safe from strangers. The Website is copyrighted by Coalition for Children, Inc. The four stranger rules are shown in video format and include how to stay safe around strangers stressing staying an arms plus reach away from all strangers, to stand up, to back up and to run away from a stranger and towards someone who can help whenever a child feels unsafe or afraid around a stranger.