I think good parents are the ones who teach their kids how to stay safe, rather than overprotective parents who just forbid their kids from doing things.
The usual “don’t do this” and “don’t do that” will at best elicit little more than a smile and nod with fingers crossed behind their back, at worst turn into endless frustrating arguments.
In a tweet that has racked up over 40,000 likes from Japanese netizens so far, this father explains how he went about showing his daughter how to stay safe in an unsafe world.
He brought her out for drinks and left a note for her the next day before he went out.
“To Reiko. Last night was fun. We should do it again sometime. Also, Reiko, do you know how much you drank last night to get in that groggy state? You had two beers and five chuhai (shochu high-ball). That’s your ‘limit.’ So from now on, when you go out drinking with friends, be sure to stop before you reach that limit. The world has some bad people in it, and some of them may want to take advantage of you. I can’t be around to protect you, so that’s why we did this, so you can know your own limit and protect yourself. I know you can do it. Love, Dad.”