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Paranoid or Protective?

Hollywood, FL
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Paranoid or Protective?

So, gone are the days of letting your children play outside unsupervised (at least where I live). But when does being a protective parent go rogue? Example: we were on a road trip recently and my daughter, 4, had to go to the bathroom. We pulled over at a rest area and my wife accompanied her to the bathroom and we were on our way. Once back in the car, my wife told me how another woman and her daughters were in the bathroom and the mother told her 10 year old daughter to go wait in the car. Nothing struck me about this, but my wife was up in arms that someone would let their 10 yr old daughter out of their sight at a rest area. I then posed the question, ” what if I was on this trip alone with our daughter when she is older? I can’t take a 10 yr old in the men’s room with me.” She replied that I could have gone in the women’s bathroom with my daughter… I like to think I can keep a watchful eye and avoid paranoia by still allowing my children some breathing room. Am I too relaxed or is my wife too worried? By the way, I am fully aware of the 300,000 human trafficking victims per year in the US, so don’t assume I am naive.

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