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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): Look 'Em Up

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Look 'Em Up

I just read an article that really got me thinking. I had really planned on visiting this pizza place run by an ex-marine after I read about it in the local newspaper. It sounded like a fun place, and the guy was hands on...seemed like a family place to go. Well, turns out he is a registered s.e.x. offender. So, that got me thinking...

S.e.x. offenders and pedophiles typically go where the children are. I'm not passing judgment on this Marine and what he did, but it just got me thinking about where we live, where we do our business and where we take our children.

Pedophiles can be found in so many places and jobs where children are, we would probably keel over if we knew every offender around us! You will find them as teachers, coaches, in the church, Scout leaders and supposed pillars of our community. We've all been warned about people watching our kids at the playground and around town, but let's face it, we have to do a bit more.

Before even moving into our neighborhood, I checked a few online databases to see what the situation looked like. We were lucky in that we only had one registered offender in a two mile radius. That's not too bad. Here are some websites where you can look this stuff up:

Criminal Check

Florida Database

National Offender Registry

Keep in mind, your state may have additional resources and not all offenders show up in all the databases. Be sure to google "s.e.x. offender and YOUR STATE" to find more databases.

Don't get your kids imagining the boogeyman, but do tell them there are people out there, both men and women, who are doing things with little kids they shouldn't be doing. Touching you "down there", asking to see "down there" and having you touch them "down there" are red flags, and for young children, that's the most you should elaborate on the subject.

Let your kids know it is acceptable to say "NO" to an adult with such requests and regardless of what that adult threatens them with, they must go tell their mom or dad. The kids must know they will not get in trouble, and that their parents will protect them. Stress the safety aspects and nothing else.

How do you go about protecting your children?

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is really important that parents know how to check their area for registered sex offenders/predators. You can google Megan's Law to get more information on how/why sex offenders register and where to find your local registration list. Its also important to remember that, while you should not let your guard down around registered sex offenders, they are already being punished for their crime by the legal system. Also, not every sex offender is a pedophile. You can easily find out what their crime was rather than tarnish an already ruined repuation by spreading a false rumor.

October 23, 2007 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife**** said...

I agree..one is not necessarily the other! I do happen to know an offender who had an underage relationship...he was young himself...obviously, not the same as a pedophile. We need to be well informed and know where to get the information..and be able to pass on those resources to others...let them look it up themselves and make their own determination.

October 23, 2007 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

Also check

http://www.familywatchdog.us/

Nice interactive maps and easy to navigate.

February 26, 2008 at 5:04 PM  

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