"These worries that we have are so rare," says Christie Barnes, mother of four and author of The Paranoid Parents Guide. "It’s like packing a snow shovel in case it snows in Las Vegas."
Ms Barnes surveyed a number of parents and found that these are the things that they worry about for their kids:
- School snipers
- Dangerous strangers
But here is the list of causes of childhood mortality:
- Car accidents
- Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
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And parents can allay their fears of the things that really harm the children by driving safely, protecting them from abusers (and believing them when they say they are being abused) and getting them psychological help as needed. Again, I'm no expert, but no one balks at taking the kid to the doctor when they have a sprained wrist or ankle. There is help available for their sprained soul, if needed.