All the child trafficking stories, the tips going around on what to teach your children, even the schools teaching children about stranger danger – it makes me sick to the core! We live in an evil world guys, there are terribly deranged people out there and our children are at risk every day. After reading a million posts this morning around this issue, I actually feel like I want to go to my kids’ schools and pick them up, lock them in the house and never let them out again. It’s just so sad!!
Yesterday, we were walking in a shopping centre – a quick in and out to grab some wet wipes for Riley for school. The boys know to always stay close to me, but Riley walked off twice, just a few metres ahead and I had given him the go ahead to do so – once to throw a paper in the bin and another time to fetch the kiddies trolley for him to push in the shop. Both times, a man approached him (two different men, different ages, different race, different dress sense…nothing at all to indicate that these two men were in any way related), put out his hand to high five him and just greeted – a simple hello. My child looked so uncomfortable. He mumbled a greeting to the first guy but looked down the entire time. I was tempted to say – say hello Riley – I mean, when we were growing up, greeting people was expected especially a child having to greet an adult, whether you knew the person or not right?! For some reason, I didn’t say anything, I just watched him. And do you know what my child said to me once he had walked back to me…that’s stranger danger mum. I don’t know that man so I’m not going to greet him. At the age of THREE guys!!! He’s aware of it. He knows how to react. And my heart jumped into my throat. In that moment, I wanted to cry.
I’m not really going anywhere with this post, I’m just sharing how sad I feel about this whole situation. I know that I serve a faithful God and that HIS angels are protecting my children every day. Pray for your children guys. Pray for them. That no harm befalls them!
These are some pretty useful “tips” I saw on a FB post this morning that I’d like to share with you…