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Thursday, June 30, 2011


Linda Keely

"How do you teach street sense?" Great question! I think it is a topic you can train your children on, so if they ever need to use it, the response will be internalized for them to rely on. Our family discusses some simple rules which we bring up from time-to-time to ensure they are sinking in.
1. Trust your instincts - if if doesn't feel right, take action and remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible.
2. Know where the "safe houses" are (e.g., friends, neighbors, acquaintances, stores) that you can go to if your instincts are saying something's not right.
3. If you feel like someone is following you in a car, walk in the opposite direction that the car is going in.
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Excellent post and good advice from Linda Keely, above! I think street sense is just a variant on common sense. Unlike you, I grew up in a very suburban town and didn't fully develop my street sense until I moved to New York. But one night, when I was in high school, I was driving home by myself from meeting up with friends who lived two towns over. I had the feeling that a car was following me (not sure why, but I did) and I knew that that it was when it followed me to the end of my block and then over to the next street. In a flash, I decided not to stop and get out of the car in front of my house or honk on the horn for my parents (who were deep sleepers). (This was before cell phones so I couldn't have called.) Instead, I drove out of the neighborhood and to the local Dunkin' Donuts, which was open all night, and usually had a bunch of police officers on the night shift hanging out in the store or in their cars drinking coffee. I pulled in between two cars, told the police what was going on, and they escorted me home.

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