Teaching your kids to trust their instincts often takes a backseat to just outwardly protecting them, especially when they're young. It's easier to just say no when they ask to do something potentially unsafe, right? But if you keep doing that, you deny your children the opportunity to learn about their instincts and how to trust their gut in precarious situations. You won't be able to keep them safe always; at some point, they will need to do it on their own. Luckily, there are ways to teach your child to trust their instincts, and it's on you to work with them on it. You can't protect them forever. It's your responsibility to make sure they have the skills to protect themselves.
According to the Association for Psyological Science, babies as young as 6 months old can begin to distinguish trustworthiness in adults, while babies just over 1 year old can tell whether or not we are trustworthy enough to listen to. Babies are born with these instincts — they don't just blindly swallow information. But, often as parents, we override their abilities to trust their own instincts with our own impressions of what they should feel or how they should behave. What we need to do is develop our children's basic instincts, and nurture their natural intuitions on trust, goodness, and what feels right or wrong.