Stranger Danger

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My friend and I had this discussion not too long ago…

She was telling me about her gym and how awesome it is. She thought I’d really like it and should check it out. I wasn’t sure I could join because I’d have to go after work and I don’t do much after work that would take me away from my family. So, she suggested that my husband and I both join and bring our son and leave him in the day care at the gym.

I immediately started shaking my head “no”. She was a little shocked. She said that since it’s such a quality gym (and it is) that their daycare would be quality as well and I could trust them to watch my son. I wasn’t so sure. To me all I saw was a stranger. STRANGER DANGER! I really can’t leave my son with people I haven’t spent some amount of time with. Besides that, he won’t hang out alone with people he’s never met before.

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5 Responses to Stranger Danger
  1. Mrs. Pancakes
    November 19, 2011 | 10:08 am

    The hubby and i were talking about that recently..we don’t have any kids but there are so many untrustworthy people out there and with all that’s in the news today…makes me think STRANGER DANGER is definitely the way to teach children. sad thing is that even people we believe are trustworthy turn out NOT to be so!

  2. kita
    November 19, 2011 | 10:11 am

    I understand the stranger danger thing. I need to know you for at least 2 years before you keep my kids.

  3. Optimistic Mom
    November 19, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    Great article.
    I am the same way.
    My son is 4 and I do let him go to the daycare at the gym while I work out, but just started letting him do this right when he turned 4. One of the reasons is I have been checking the daycare out for sometime and it is on the hall where I workout and it is encased in windows and not walls so I can walk by at any time and look in. Also, I felt a little bit more comfortable because he could verbally tell me what was going on now.
    But otherwise, I don’t leave him anywhere other than preschool! 😉
    Our last babysitter, I formally interviewed checked out her facebook, twitter, references, etc., etc. I don’t play! lol

  4. MrsTDJ
    November 20, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    I completely understand. Folks call me overprotective. **shrugs** Their opinion on it means NOTHING to me. My son will be 3 in January and if he’s not in my care, he’s with my husband, my mother, my father, or my godsister. That’s it. Over time, as he gets older, I’ll relax my stance a little, but for right now? We’re good.

  5. kathy
    November 21, 2011 | 5:33 am

    i was the same way… i still am in many ways. however, i did do something completely out of my element and only because my friend was there.. we dropped our kids off at Ikea’s kid playzone for 1hr while we shopped. i looked inside and saw kids having a blast and my friend assured me that it’s safe and the kids can’t come out unless they’re signed out and the badge that matches the kid’s shirt has to be provided before the kids are released. she dropped her kid there all the time whenever she shopped. so i did it and kayla took off with her bff without looking back (that hurt a little) and didn’t want to come out when it was time to go home.

    i tell you, it was weird doing that but at the same time, i’m glad i did because it showed me that not all places are scary!

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