WHEN it comes to raising your children, you want to make sure you know them inside and out.
And it is important to always be there for them when they are in uncomfortable situations.
For a mom, she discovered a hack to find out what’s best for her in this situation and she shared it with her TikTok followers.
Jessica Lynn, a mother of three boys, shared a simple and effective code word technique to use when a child finds themselves in a difficult situation.
In the video, she revealed that it’s “one that all parents and carers should see.”
The mother, whose profile is for “parenting,” revealed she learned it from her mother and is now using it with her own children.
Speaking to her followers, Jessica explained, “So I noticed something my mom did to me growing up that I will definitely do to my own kids…
“So growing up we had this code word ‘pretty please’ and it worked so that when our mother heard the word ‘pretty please’ she knew to get us from where we were or she should no say whatever we asked.
“So if we ever got into a situation that made us uncomfortable, we could say, ‘Hey mom! Can I stay for the night, please?’
“And she would know to say ‘no.’
“Or, ‘Mom, can you bring me my sweater, please?’ And she would know she was coming for us.
“It’s honestly just so brilliant because I only remember using it maybe once or twice, but so often, more often than we’d like to believe, kids, especially teens and pre-teens, get into circumstances or situations brought in which they are overwhelmed their heads.
“And it gives them a safe way to get out of those situations.”
Jessica also added: “Ps. This is not a substitute for teaching our children to use their own voice. It’s a precaution.”
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And many other followers who watched the video were quick to comment, sharing their own experiences of using a codeword.
One wrote: “My mum had a similar system on me, so grateful! Saved me from more than one unwanted sleepover when my enemy asked me to stay.”
Another added: “My family had a code word and it kept me from being kidnapped after school! We use the code word 100%!”
A third wrote: “Just make a safe word for my daughter and I to use too. Thanks!”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/parenting/17925720/mum-code-words-with-kids/ I am a mother and I use code words with my children to help them out of difficult situations