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Mom Teaches Her Kids About ‘Strange Behaviors’ Instead of ‘Stranger Danger’ | Trusted Strangers Can Help
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Mom Teaches Her Kids About ‘Strange Behaviors’ Instead of ‘Stranger Danger’ | Trusted Strangers Can Help

“Most people are good people. And we want our girls to be outgoing and have conversations with people,” Whalen says.

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Making hundreds of decisions about your children and how you raise them is part of being a parent. We keep some of those decisions to ourselves because they can be contentious. Except for parents like Marcie Whalen, a.k.a. The Unconventional Mom, who doesn't hesitate to express her occasionally controversial thoughts online. Whalen discusses why she's educating her girls about "strange behaviors" rather than "stranger danger", reported TODAY.

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“Most people are good people. And we want our girls to be outgoing and have conversations with people,” Whalen says, in part. “And so instead of talking about strangers, we talk about strange behavior.” For instance, whether the adult is a friend or family, Whalen's kids are aware that asking them to keep a secret from their parents is odd behavior. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, (NCMEC), fewer than 1% of child kidnappers are non-family. “My girls understand what to look for, whether it’s in somebody they know really well or somebody they don’t know at all,” Whalen continues. “It’s categorized as strange behavior and therefore the red flags go up.” Whalen's statement is shared by Callahan Walsh, executive director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.