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I really dislike watching the news. In the news world, the saying goes if it bleeds it leads and honestly that truth depresses and scares me. I don’t want to hear about kids getting kidnapped, raped and killed. I don’t want to hear about gun shootings and burglaries even though I know it happens.
As a mom, hearing those stories scared me to the point that I didn’t want to let my kids do anything by themselves especially play outside. I know that we live in a different day and age, but I can remember riding my bicycle from dusk to dawn and not having a care in the world. I'd hang out at my neighbor's house, we'd play outside all day and we weren't glued to our televisions. I want that for my kids.
With our first child, we would constantly buy toys and gadgets just to keep her entertained. She rare;y played outside in our neighborhood. Then I got to thinking that the reality of something bad happening is rare. I had some tough choices to make, but I wanted to give my kids the opportunity to go outside, play ball, ride their bikes and enjoy our beautiful neighborhood.
I started by creating rules that they needed to have their sibling with them at all times and were required to check-in every 30 mins. We also created boundaries of where it was acceptable to play. We also got our children accustomed to our whistle. We'd whistle for them, letting them know it was time to come home.
It took a while but I finally got over my fear of letting my kids go outside and play. I still get worried now and then, but I don’t let the fear control my life.
My kids are enjoying life. They are getting plenty of exercise, they aren't attached to their television and gadgets and they've made some great friends in the neighborhood.
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I'd love to hear your story about something in your life that you were once fearful of, but overcame that. Comment below if you are willing to share. In the meantime let's all enjoy a good life!