Strictly regulating what your child eats. Of course you should monitor/have a say in what they eat, and limit certain foods. I’m saying I’ve seen it happen too many times where a kid has too many limits on their diet and it messes with them from a psychological standpoint. For example, I had to enroll a child at one of the Same old Cleveland Brown not anymore shirt moreover I love this daycares I’ve worked at who was on an extremely strict vegan diet, and even from there it was limited. No soy because the mom didn’t want to support the soy industry, things like that. The child was given his vegan meal at lunch one day, and he looked around at everyone else’s hamburger lunches, and threw his lunch down and said “I want a hamburger, with ketchup and everything on it!” Being vegan is your choice, and it should be your choice as an adult. Children know when they’re treated differently in school, and being exposed in this way can mess with their mental health. Let them eat the school lunches if possible, that way they can eat what everyone else is eating. You can give them soda or fast food as a special treat, once a month or so will not do major damage if you let them know it’s an every once in a while thing. Ok, you’re creating more work for me as a daycare employee, and you’re creating future assault charges against your child. Just don’t do it. Your kid will be a more respected member of society if they don’t partake in the fighting. Tell them to take the high road instead. This one isn’t taught as much as it was when I was young, but I still hear it from time to time. Teach them to talk to the right strangers. The stereotypical kidnapping scenario where a complete stranger lures away a child does still happen, but it’s far more likely they will be harmed by someone they know a family member, a teacher, a family friend, etc. Teach them to be comfortable going to security guards, store employees, etc. Odds are, no one is going to spontaneously kidnap a child that approached them in a mall because they lost their mommy and need help. Make children aware of dangerous situations, such as a man who says he wants you to get in his car and help him find his dog believe it or not, these situations do still happen.
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