Originally Posted by KirstenMary
Behind you??? In another aisle?? No way. It only takes a second.
A second for what? I indicated "well behaved" in my post, so they're not breaking anything - if I had one that couldn't handle themselves, then no, they wouldn't able to linger. Since I know there aren't child molesters and abductors hanging out at the grocery store (or anywhere else for that matter), that's a moot point.
It's sad - the odds are like 1 in 1.5 million that my child would be harmed by someone (and the odds of that are with Uncle Bob, not the stranger in the grocery store!) - but the odds are 1 in 4 that they will be depressed at some point in their lives. I personally think misplaced fearmongering by the media, blurring the lines between CSI and real life, contributes to that. I could set my child in the front yard and statistically speaking it would take 200,000 years before someone would abduct them.
But again, that's me. I know they're safe, that's my comfort level, that's my choice as their mom. It's up to each parent. You do what you want. And like someone said, how do they learn responsiblity if they're never given any?
JMO. Not gonna debate it, I don't fear strangers PERIOD and don't teach my children to either. It would be a more wonderful world if everyone said "hello" to they old man on the street, who's probably someone's grandpa that reads his grandkids a story before bed, instead of thinking he's the creepy flasher that your mom said she saw on Without a Trace two weeks ago, KWIM? Eh. To each their own.