Always a great topic of importance to parents. Just today I heard on the radio about the trial of the person that kidnapped a girl, and the girl is going to testify even though she is uncomfortable doing it. I think hearing about these cases raises our anxiety level. Today I was talking to a parent from a few years ago and she said she had been having dreams about these issues and fears.
So, I would like to talk about our fears, how we can objectively (if that is ever possible as parents) look at the fears, come up with strategies to deal with real dangers, and hopefully in the process let go of irrational fears, so we can raise healthy, secure children in an imperfect world.
Here is a quote from an article that really is exactly what I want to address this Monday. What do you think?
Alfred Sacchetti, an emergency room doctor in Camden, New Jersey, and spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, says it’s common for parents to worry more about their child being abducted by a stranger than about his riding in a car without a seat belt or playing near an ungated swimming pool — even though car- and water-related accidents pose a far greater threat to kids than abduction.
If this sounds like it might be helpful, I would love to see you this Monday, October 5, 2009, at 7PM, at Play School. Anyone is welcome to attend, not just parents currently enrolled, so you can invite families that you think would like to be a part of this discussion.
I have a babysitter that is looking at her calendar, so….IF you have children that you would need to bring, please send me an Email, firstname.lastname@example.org, with names and ages, so I can plan accordingly. Donations toward the babysitting costs will be gladly accepted.
- Here is the complete text that I quoted from above.
Kahleen Edeal, Director Mount Hermon Play School