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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BFBN WEEK (Topic: Strangers): “Stranger Danger”: Balancing Awareness without Living in Fear

Mama's Organized Chaos: A Babywise Blog


It is Babywise Friendly Blog Network week! You will be hearing from these lovely ladies this week, all on the topic of "Strangers".





Today we are hearing from Emily. Emily has some great tips to keep in mind with regards to strangers. My favorite is number 6 (never fails)! Check out the sneak peek below and head on over to her site to read the full post!



This week the Babywise Friendly Blog Network are all focusing on the topic of "strangers." When this topic was first presented I instantly knew what I'd be talking about! I have dealt with anxiety related to strangers since I was pretty young, and it's only gotten more dominant as I've become a mother. I get nervous when out and about by myself, especially at night. I prefer not to go places alone (again, especially at night) and get very nervous taking my children out. Of course, I don't let those fears stop me from living my life and enjoying things with my kids - but I do try to avoid certain situations if possible. 

It seems like every day we are being bombarded with stories in our newsfeed of situations occurring regarding "strangers" and moms with kids. It seems to be becoming a more and more common trend. I have always tried to avoid places that make me feel uncomfortable and have always felt like Target and Publix are "safe" places to go, especially with my children. But now these are the very same places that I keep seeing pop up in my newsfeed where moms are having to take a stand against men who appear to want to potentially harm them or their children on some level. Clearly the "creepers" have gotten smart and realized Publix and Target are "the" mom places to go. Ugh.


Just a couple weeks ago an acquaintance of mine (a friend of a friend type thing) had such a situation happen to HER. She was with HER three precious babies at HER favorite Target. Y'all. This freaks. Me. Out. You can watch the news feature of her story here: http://kfor.com/2016/06/29/police-investigating-suspicious-men-at-yukon-target/

So what can we do? Part of me sees that story and just wants to stay my butt at home with my babies and buy everything online. Avoid going to stores unless Zach is home to keep the kids. But we also can't live in a constant state of fear. There HAS to be a balance! Here are some of my personal strategies to going out and about while dealing with "stranger danger" fears:

1. Do Not Live in Fear: When I feel anxious I remind myself that God calls us not to live in fear. Fear is of Satan, not of the Lord. (I love Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”) 

2. Be Aware: When I attended an open casting call to be on The Real World (remember?) one of the biggest things that stood out to producers about me was that when they told me to come back with them b/c I'd been chosen to go to the next round of auditions, that I didn't trust them. They weren't wearing MTV attire. They didn't show me any id. Why the heck would I follow some random dude to some back room at a random restaurant in downtown Atlanta just because he told me to? No sir! 





It is Babywise Friendly Blog Network week! You will be hearing from these lovely ladies this week, all on the topic of "Strangers".



Hey guys! I'm Katrina (aka Mama)! I love country music, snuggling on the couch with our dog, and playing with our daughter. I am a fibro warrior, a former chemistry teacher, I love watching college football (go aggies!), and I love being a SAHM. Connect with me on Facebook for more adventures!

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