Originally Posted by Beene
What you call paranoia to me IS street smarts. I don't advocate paranoia, but I am all for not trusting everyone thinking that for the most part people are good and helpful. I have no reason to believe that a stranger will harm my child on a good day, but MY experience and my "street smarts", not statistics (which, by the way, are the same media you accuse of creating paranoia) tell me that strangers aren't always that helpful or kind, either. Since when is not wanting your kids dropped off in the care of a stranger when you are expecting to meet them elsewhere "paranoia"? It seems perfectly reasonable to me still.
I haven't accused the media or anyone else of anything. I was just amazed that people are so distrustful of each other--no statistics here.
Look, the bus driver probably thought that the mom of the kids was either at this stop and running late, or at the next stop (which she was) and would tell her that the kids were waiting at they next stop.
We don't have to read every child abduction story into the situation. He asked the mom to watch the kids, she did. In a public place with other kids in a stroller, and her own kid who got off the same bus.
Of course the mom didn't want the kids to be dropped off at the wrong stop, that is silly. Of course no one ever wants children to make a mistake and get things wrong, but -- they often do. And it isn't the end of the world.
Paranoia is not wanting your child to stand on a street corner with another mom from your kids school for five minutes while you walk over their to get them-- and to think that every interaction with someone that you haven't personally selected and pre-approved is dangerous for them. The kids made the wrong call, they're kids after all. And yes, kids should be allowed to make some mistakes within reasonable boundaries.
I choose to not instill in my kids the idea that the world is this horrible, dangerous place and that everyone besides myself is a psychotic, incompetent person, or that it is the end of the world if they make a mistake.