Sadly, another child vanished from their bedroom. Your home is supposed to be a safe place. What happens when it’s not? Sierra Newbold, 6 of West Jordan, Utah was reported missing by her mother and within the hour, her body was found in a nearby canal. The police say they aren’t sure if the girl was taken from the home, as there is no evidence of a break-in. How do you not know if someone is in your house? It baffles me how this just keeps happening! Are our kids ever safe? Even in their own homes?
Now I’m not a super overprotective mom. Of course I make sure my kids are safe and healthy but I also give them room to live. My mom was very overprotective, maybe because I was an only child, but it drove me crazy! She still tries to tell me what to do with my children and how I give them too much freedom. I believe you have to let your kids have some freedom. Now I’m not talking about letting them go out to play by themselves when they’re 4 or anything crazy like that but they need to make some mistakes, that’s how they are going to learn. As far as safety goes, you need to talk , talk, talk to your children!!! Even from an early age you need to tell them about strangers, and all the bad things in the world. My mother thinks you need to install a little fear in kids….I on the other hand don’t believe anyone should live in fear. For example, I have a 5 year old who will not go in a shopping cart in the stores. Sometime she will walk a little ahead of me or look at something a few feet away from where I am. This is a big no-no according to my mother. “You should tell her how someone could steal her and she’ll never see you again. she should NEVER leave your side,” she tells me. Now I know all about kids being kidnapped and abducted, but my children are never out of my sight. Even if they aren’t directly beside me, I can always see them. I have explained many times to my daughter about bad people and such but I don’t want my children living in fear. I don’t don’t think that’s a good way to live.
You should always feel safe in your own home. If you don’t feel safe there, where do you feel safe? After you put your child or children to bed, it’s finally that time when you can do whatever it is that you do. You read them stories, gives kisses and say goodnight, now it’s your time. Are we supposed to sit there wondering if our child is going to disappear during the night? Sure, we may check on them once or twice but eventually we go to bed ourselves. I know some people are deep sleepers but come on! How could you not know if someone is in your house? Are we supposed to sleep on the floor of our kids room? Should they sleep in our bed just so we know they can’t be taken away? It is our job to keep our kids safe, but how much is too much, or not enough?