A Consequence of Fearing Strangers

It was late yesterday on a Thursday afternoon, a day before Good Friday where I was sitting on a wooden bench seat while the missus was doing some shopping. I had just sat there watching plain clothes Police swoop a man who had just walked out of the supermarket without paying for all of the items when a mother left her two young children while she went to the supermarket.

She sat her two primary school aged children on the same seat I was sitting on. I assume they would have been in grades 5 & 4 roughly. The girl, the youngest of the two, was sitting closest to me where she was struggling to remove plastic of the toy her mother had bought for her so I offered her a key to use cut into the plastic. What a response.

This girl immediately leaned into her brother. He quickly grabbed her and stood on the other side of the shopping trolley and huddled as if they had just been traumatised, then grabbed the trolley and walked to a different spot, occasionally looking at me. The girl was so fearful that she looked like she was going to cry.

Nice go, Mum!

Now that you have your children completely shit scared to have any stranger talk to your kids, what are they going to do should something actually happen and they need to talk to a stranger? Do they need a Police Officer to trust? There were two plain clothed Police standing right there in front of us the whole time but your kids wouldn’t know that they were there due to a lack of uniforms worn so those two men would be dangerous too.

And when they reach adulthood, how emotionally damaged will these two children be?

Teach your children about stranger danger but not that all strangers are dangerous.

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