So as you all know, the world we live in today is much different than it was back in the day growing up. I grew up in the 80's & can remember being able to play outside until the street lights came on without a parent being by my side.
I seen on the news AGAIN, that there was an attempted child abduction in the St. Louis area. This is the 4th attempt in just a few weeks time. The first 2 happened in the county I live in. This last one was in a neighborhood not far from me.
Normally I'm the type of mom to let my kids explore & learn. My husband & I were talking today & I started crying. I am so afraid now to let my kids out of my sight for even just a moment. My kids are 6, 17 & almost 18. I shouldn't have to be afraid to let them play outside in the yard without me being by their side.
I did talk to my youngest about it & I told him that if someone he doesn't know tries to get him to get in their car, offer him candy or whatever, to scream & run away as fast as he can. I am with him in the mornings when he gets on the bus & I am there when he gets off the bus after school. I am just really wondering what in God's name has gotten into people.
Are people really that sick & twisted that they want to take kids & hurt people? I can remember walking to the convenience store several blocks away as a kid. My mom didn't go with me. My brother & I used to play outside until the street lights came on at night. I remember walking a mile or so to the river as a teenager to go swimming.
It really makes me afraid for my children to know what kind of world we are living in. I know kidnappings happen all the time all over, but these last few have just hit really close to home for me. I am to the point of not even wanting my son to ride the bus. I don't want to deny him the socialization he gets with friends on the bus, but I'm scared to even let him out of my sight.
Sorry it's so long, I just needed to get that off my chest.
Mommas, please hug your kiddos extra tight tonight & let them know how much you love them. With all these sickos out there, I would hate for any of you to go through what these parents are dealing with.