Balancing Fear of Abduction and a Kid's Need for Independence
[Editor's Note: One of my biggest fears is that something will happen to my children -- whether preventable or not -- and that includes the fear of child abduction. Kimberly at Zook Book Nook delves into this topic in an honest way that left me wanting to hug both her and my sons. It's scary, the thought of them disappearing. But how do we handle the balance of our fear and their need for independence? -Jenna]
The billboards, the threat of child abductions, the facts of human trafficking have turned me into a mother who always has to have an eye on my children. If we're at a store or a playground, I never let my girls go out of my vision.
Will they ever be able to ride their bikes around the block alone?
Will my daughters ever experience the freedom of walking to school with only their shadows trailing them and not me?
Will my girls ever discover the incredible secret world of playing in an abandoned field with only their imagination as their companion?
Probably not. And that breaks my heart. But how can I let them go when I know our world is full of predators? How could I go on living if they were abducted?