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Clint says it's important to maintain open communication with your children should tragedy ever strike. Because of his own feelings of shame and responsibility, he didn't tell his mother about his own abduction until two years ago. "I thought I would get in trouble," Clint says. "I left that guy on the street to do that to another child."

If there's anything parents need to teach our children, Clint says, it's that they can tell them anything. "They can come to us and share anything ... we're kind of a sounding board for them," Clint says. "We'll listen, but we won't criticize."

It's also important to let traumatized children know that whatever happened isn't their fault, Clint says. "It's like a woman who's a rape victim or who's been in an abusive relationship," Clint says. "That's not her fault. That's not their fault."

Get Clint's advice for children and parents on how to stay safe.
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FROM: Exclusive: Miracle in Missouri
Published on January 18, 2007

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