Re: My kid's safety
04-15-2014 11:12 AM
Hi There and welcome to the community,
I totally understand where you are coming from. I sometimes wonder if I'm overly paranoid when it comes to my kids safety. Truth is, I don't want to take chances. I feel like there has to be a happy medium. I also know that there are some things that can be avoided when it comes to kids getting hurt.
My sister lets here son go all over the neighborhood, he is 9, almost 10 but he has been allowed to do this for a while. Just last week he and some neighborhood friends were allowed to go to the park on their own. One of the kids was skate boarding and fell and broke his jaw and lost a few teeth. There were no adults around so one kid had to ride his bike to get help. Maybe the accident couldn't have been avoided, but the lack of help in an emergency could have been.
The biggest thing that I find myself worring about is adult preditors. I hate that those thoughts are always floating around in my mind, but they are and because of that I always keep a tight leash on the kids. They have asked to take the bus to school, I don't let them. They ask to ride their bikes to school, I let them but I go with them and then meet them at the school for the ride home.
We don't do sleep overs....EVER! Just won't happen.
I find little ways to make them feel like they are more in control of their own life. I try to give them choices and options everyday. I pick my battles and remind them that I make choices based on safety.
By the way, my kids are 4,8 and 10. How old are yours?
Hope it helps to know you are not alone.