Every Family Should Have a Secret Codeword System


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codeword systemIn today’s article we’re going to be talking about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. For some reason, I’ve been thinking about the importance of having secret code words that only our family member know that could be used in the event of an emergency.

For example, my daughter recently got her drivers license and she is exploring the world on her own for the first time ever. I’ve been thinking that it would be important for her to have a secret code word that she can use when she calls us or if we call her that lets us know that she needs help. If she happens to be in a situation where she doesn’t feel safe telling us that she needs help because of the people who are around her, being able to use a code word could be extremely important. Then, we could use the Find My iPhone application that she has installed on her phone and either drive to her and give her the help that she needs or call the police and have them help her.

We don’t have young children anymore but a lot of people reading this blog do. If your children happen to be spending the night at a friend’s house and they don’t feel safe for one reason or another, having a code word that they can use that means they need to be picked up right away could be very important. Likewise, if you have a teenager who is at a party and there are things going on that they don’t feel comfortable with, this secret word system could make it safe for them to text or call to let you know that they need to be picked up right away.

I’ve also been thinking about how secret code words could be useful if we ever have to bug out and leave our home when other members of our family aren’t with us. Because we don’t want other people to know exactly where we are going if we have to bug out, we wouldn’t want to leave a note telling just anyone where we went. But, on the other hand, if we left a note with the codewords in it, when our family members arrived home, they would know that it wasn’t safe at home and they could meet us at our pre-determined bug out location.

Make Sure the Codewords Are Easy to Remember

If you decide to implement some kind of secret code word system for your family, make sure that the choose good code words that are easy to remember. After all, they won’t be of much use to your family members if they can’t remember the words when they need to use them. Along these same lines, make sure that you practice them with your children frequently. Talk about them often and make sure that you drill into them exactly when they should use the secret words and make sure they realize that they should never be afraid to use them if they ever feel unsafe regardless of the situation they are in.

The Time to Implement a Codeword System Is Now

My husband and I just had a conversation about this yesterday and we’ve already chosen the codewords that we plan on using and we’ll be having a conversation with all of our family members about what the codewords actually are and when they should use them very soon. Remember, the road to heaven is paved with good intentions. It won’t do you any good to have plans to implement this type of communication system if you never actually do it. You’ll end up having deep regrets if you don’t implement such a system and the need for one should arise.

Share Your Thoughts

I’d be really interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic as well as any tips that you might have for implementing such a system. Feel free to leave a comment below!

5 Responses to “Every Family Should Have a Secret Codeword System”

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  1. Linda says:

    I have had a codeword system with both of my children and now with my granddaughter. We have used this so that the children would know if anyone claimed to be picking them up they had to know the codeword. If the person didn’t know it, the child knew not to go with them but to run away and get help.

    • Patty Hahne says:

      That’s a great idea Linda! Kudos to you for being proactive and implementing such a system. I wish I would have thought of doing this sooner.

  2. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Our code word is “Jack”. Using the word Jack in a sentence defines the problem and/or the action. If I tell my wife to call Jack or ask if she called Jack she knows I mean call 911. If I hum the tune “Hit the road Jack” or make any reference like that in a sentence that means it’s time to leave right now. The advantage to being able to communicate without alerting people right around you is sometimes you are in the midst of a problem that about to go FUBAR and you don’t want to precipitate it by calling attention to it. You may have seconds to move towards the door or move away from two people who are about to go medieval on each other. An innocuous code word can do these things. Something that anyone would not be surprised to hear in casual conversation works perfectly.

    • Patty Hahne says:

      Great ideas! I’m pleased to hear that people have already implemented this type of system. Now, we have too!

  3. John Wheeler says:

    My former real estate broker had a code word system. They drilled it into our heads in training not only so we would use it if we got in trouble ourselves, but also if we were in the office answering the phones we would recognize if another agent used the code word and spring into action to get them help.

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