It can be hard to know sometimes how to handle a situation, but it sure does help to hear perspectives from other mamas and papas. So, an urbanMama emailed recently to hear about how you handle letting the children out of your sight in public:
The other day I left my 3 and a half-year-old alone in the children's section of the library while I took her baby brother into the restroom for a diaper change. I told her to stay where she was and I would be back in a couple minutes. It didn't cross my mind at the time that there was any risk - of her being approached by a malevolent stranger and abducted from a quiet library - but as my husband later pointed out, there've been been scarier stories in the news. While I don't imagine her being the sort of child who would go off with someone she didn't know, even the thought is enough to scare the bejeezes out of any mama.
How vigilant or not are you about letting your little ones momentarily out of your sight in public places? At what age do you have the 'stranger safety' talk and what do you say? How do you find a balance between being wary of strangers but not making your child too anxious and distrustful?