From the minute my daughter was born, I developed a fierce sense of protection for her, as I’m sure most new mothers do. However, I have become a paranoid mummy (as it seems many of us are). There is story after story in the media about child abuse, paedophiles, kidnapping, the list goes on. And it can happen anywhere, even on holiday or at nursery. These horror stories are heart-breaking and can make you feel like you shouldn’t take your eyes off your children for a minute, in case it might happen to them. It’s hard because you have to put your trust in other people too, whether it’s a nanny, a nursery, or a kids club on holiday. It’s sad that this is the world we live in.
I am terrified that if she wanders off in my local supermarket she might be snatched. I keep her right by me, and if I look round and can’t see her then my heart stops for an instant, until I spot her again. In reality, if she wanders off she is more likely to be found by an assistant. But, it’s hard to look at it rationally, just in case.
Things are different now when you go on holiday too. I think the Madeleine McCann disappearance has heightened everyone’s awareness of what can happen. I know Dads feel it too. We were in the Maldives last year and my OH wouldn’t let me put our daughter down for a sleep in our locked room, whilst we sat on the beach near by in case someone might kidnap her. (We were on an island in the middle of nowhere!).
There is a fine balance between wrapping your child in cotton wool and giving them their freedom, so they can learn to be independent.
Have we become a nation of paranoid mummies? Has it always been the same throughout the ages, or is it because we are now exposed to tragedy after tragedy in the media which makes us more aware?
Could it be to do with age? I’m now in my 30s and much more aware of things that happen in the world. When I was younger I rarely even watched the news or picked up a paper. I didn’t really pay attention to what went on in the world.
What do you think? Are you a paranoid mummy?