People know how dangerous it is to be a police officer, but it isnít until you are married to one or the child of one that that worry really hits home. It is especially hard to be the child of a police officer. When you are young, it isnít all that bad, because you do not really know the dangers of the world. However as you get older, the fear of the unknown will begin to weigh in heavily on you.
The Dangers that your Parent will Face as a Police Officer
There are a lot of dangers in todayís society. We have gang violence, random violence, and many other things that can threaten your life on a day to day basis as a normal human being. Being a police officer, you are put into those situations on a daily basis. It is extremely dangerous regardless of what type of policeman you are, because every day you have a higher chance to walk into a dangerous situation that could end up getting you killed.
My father has been a police officer since before I was born, and I didnít realize these dangers until I was older. Sometimes, I would lie awake in my bed and wonder if my father would even come home to me the next day. As a child, this was a very hard situation to be in, but the older I got, the more I respected my father for the job that he did, and I will never forget how many lives he has saved by doing what he does.
How to help Your Child Understand What You Do is Important
I remember when I was around ten years old, and my mother got a call from my father stating that a very good friend of the family had been killed in the line of duty. I can remember going to their house and seeing how distraught not only his wife was, but my friends were as well. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but it is something that everyone will experience, probably multiple times within their lifetime.
What helped me to get through some of my fear was when my father sat me down and explained to me the importance of his job. It didnít actually take away my fear of losing him, but it did make me realize just how important it was for him to do what it was he was doing. It didnít just keep a roof over my head and food in my stomach. It also helped to keep countless of other children my age safe, as well.
How to Deal with the Stress of What Could Happen if Your Parent is ever Injured in the Line of Duty
Even though I was extremely young, I can still remember the night that my fatherís men came to tell my mother and I that my father had been shot in the line of duty. It was one of the most horrific and stressful nights of my life. I didnít know if my father was going to live or die. Thankfully, he pulled through and everything was great. So, you should always remember that if your parent is a police officer, they do what they do to protect not only you from criminals but everyone else as well.