After writing about taking Addie to downtown Indianapolis during the Super Bowl, I was contacted by a local hospital about keeping kids safe as you head into crowded places. Super Bowl aside, we take our kids out in public all the time. Some places are more crowded than others, but the panic that comes over a parent when they don’t see their child is the same in a crowd of 100 or a crowd of 100,000.
Three years ago we were at Disney World when a woman’s son went missing. She was hysterical but thankfully Disney had a very thorough method for finding lost children. Watching her was heartbreaking and I did my best to console her, and in the end her seven year old son came back smiling as if nothing had ever happened. (I have a feeling she wanted to both strangle and smother him with love all at once.)
The good news is that there are easy ways to instill confidence in your child in case they do go missing without freaking them out about stranger danger.