something you said really hit home with me.
I am sick and tired of watching other people's children because parents are either too lazy or burned out.
i would not doubt the same paranoid parents who freak out about at a photographer at a public park will trust a person they barely know for shopping convenience.
as i mentioned earlier, and in other posts,
i politely make it my policy never to watch other people's children, ever.
never have and never will.
you would not believe how many times people, whom i hardly know,
and hardly know me, have asked me to babysit.
just for an hour or so, while they run an errand,
and i happen to be visiting.
they don't know if i am a perpetrator,
just waiting to pounce.
then i feel bad just thinking that way,
but that is how i have protected my children.
situational awareness and risk assessment.
i never dropped them off or dumped them with anyone but their mother and her mother.
one can't be too casual with children's safety,
but one must be careful to control the efficiency of the effort and energy.
i have seen too many parents falsely focus their attention on punishing perpetrators and publicly condemning perverts, but overlook opportunities to take effective proactive and preventive measures to protect children.
such as preparing and educating them with knowledge.
teaching them to defend and guard their own soul.
always protect them and never neglect them.
it takes less than a minute,
under sixty seconds,
to sexually abuse a child.
to the child, this is eternity.
the sad part is, this happened to me as a child.
i was left unattended and unsupervised for hours,
that was risky enough, but there were times when we were left in the questionable care of some very questionable adults.
the sexual abuse was the worse, but there were all other kinds.
thankfully, only a few of the watchers were bad.
most people were decent, that is... not abusive.