The first time my oldest daughter announced she was heading out for a run, I had heart palpitations. What if she’s [almost] abducted in the four block route in which she knows the families living in 98% of the homes, meaning help is never more than a scream and about 25 feet? And she’s sportin’ an iPhone so I can call her every 1/4 block to make sure she hasn’t been hit over the head by a bad guy. Where does the panic come from?
Lenore Skenazy says the fear is media driven and children are actually safer now than when we were growing up. The stats on actual abductions in the Park Cities seem to back that up. So are you comfortable with her latest idea: Take Your Children to the Park and Leave Them There Day?