We live in a great, family-friendly area. Actually, it has been seen on top ten lists and anyone who has lived here encouraged us that we would love it when we moved.
And we do. But we also loved where we lived before. As Texan transfers, we have come to appreciate the Midwest for the family-friendliness of it all.
But, this is still part of the world, there are still messed-up idiots that ruin our sense of safety and freedom. In the past couple of weeks, we have had at least five police reports of someone trying to convince kids to get in their car. Each time, the children are smart enough to yell "no", and run. But, still, there are prowlers nearby, and we have sat our kids down and explained Stranger Safety again. Perhaps we were lax before, now we are more careful.
Be sure you explain Stranger Safety to your kids. There are strangers out there that lurk...make sure your family is prepared!