Family Dinner Topic of the Week: A Family Secret Code

Kim Conte

family secret codeCafeMoms are always asking for ways to get their kids to talk to them, so we're helping out with a weekly dinner conversation-starter.

This week's topic is a serious one, but an important one at that: A secret code or language between parents and children to be used in case of an emergency.

There's a heartbreaking story this morning on MomLogic about a Los Angeles teen who was abducted and killed this weekend after her attacker forced her to call her parents TWICE to ask how to withdraw money from an ATM using a credit card. Her parents had no idea their daughter was in danger because she didn't (couldn't?) signal to them that she was in trouble.

According to MomLogic, a secret code could have saved her life.

What can we learn from this tragic story? Create a secret code for your family that means "Call the police. I'm in danger." This also may be an important opportunity to talk to your kids about general safety issues—for example, never talk on the phone or text at an ATM; always be aware of your surroundings, etc.

Do you think a secret code or language is a good idea? What precautions does your family take in the case of an emergency?

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