Going to the playground? Watch out for strangers. A sleepover? Check for older siblings and cousins. Exploring the woods next to the house isn’t an option any more. The kids can ride their bikes only in front of the house.
In today’s world, we moms do have a responsibility to consider our children’s safety, and take precautions. Probably we go in one of two extremes: we either take too few precautions (which I believe to be foolhardy), or we cloister our children and live in constant anxiety because of the very real dangers.
We’re going to disagree on the particulars because we have different lives and different fears. That’s okay. But even when we take precautions, we can never completely eliminate the risk. For every precaution we take, some mother has taken it and still found her child or children victims of crime. What’s a mother to do?
It’s no surprise. We need wisdom. 🙂 We need wisdom to understand how and when to educate our children. We need wisdom to discern what activities we will allow and what we will not allow.
But when all is said and done, we also need trust. God is sovereign, whether our children are harmed or not. He works all things for our good. We can rest in him. The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. (Proverbs 21:33)