I have heard it said that it is more likely for your child to be struck by lightening than to be abducted by a stranger, but I have never had any intention of testing that statistic. My children are friendly. Sometimes, too friendly, I have feared. I have tried, very hard, to walk the line between teaching the necessary “stranger danger” and allowing my children to grow into the friendly, small people I know them to be.
Admittedly, my tendency on this has likely always leaned to the over-protective, while my husband has wanted desperately to let the kiddos be kiddos. But this week, an “attempted abduction” report was filed with the local police department from MY NEIGHBORHOOD. And then there was this news story. Also close by. Now….we have called the police to express our concerns….and they have calmed us a touch… saying they are a) aware of the situations b) that the news story (linked above) has not been corroborated in any way, though they do have the police report on file from our neighborhood and c) there are extra patrols as a result of the increased concern….but STILL.