Turns out, the odds of those things happening to kids are 1 in 10 million.
While it’s only normal and natural to worry about your kids, it turns out most parents today are worrying about all the wrong things.
“These worries that we have are so rare,” says Christie Barnes, mother of four and author of The Paranoid Parents Guide. “It’s like packing a snow shovel in case it snows in Las Vegas.”
So what else don’t you need to worry about? According to Barnes, the top 10 things parents don’t need to worry about are:
- 1. Kidnapping
- 2. School snipers
- 3. Terrorism
- 4. Stranger danger
- 5. Drugs
- 6. Vaccinations
- 7. Playing in the front yard/walking to school
- 8. Bullying
- 9. School buses
- 10. Natural Disasters
So what should you worry about? Really, you should try not to worry at all. But just so you can get your worry priorities straight, the real causes of death and injuries for most kids include:
1. Car accidents
2. Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
Why such a big discrepancy between worries and reality? Barnes says parents tend to fixate on rare events because they internalize the horrific stories they hear on the news and from friends. They don’t stop to think about the actual odds of something like that happening to their own kids.
So, what’s a worried mom to do? Barnes has a simple prescription: helmets and seatbelts. That’s right helicopter moms, you heard right, make them wear their helmets and seat belts and that should do the trick! According to her research, making your kids wear their protective gear and having them buckle up in the car actually cuts their chances of serious injury by 78% and death by 90%.
While we agree 100% that helmets and safety belts are a must, we here at i♥moms think you should monitor your child’s cell phone and computer usage closely as well. These days, there are a lot of cyber dangers out there that parents aren’t aware of. The shocking story of eleven year-old Jessi Slaughter and her absurd YouTube video posts should be concern enough for parents everywhere.
We all know that unnecessary worrying can cause unnecessary stress which leads to a laundry list of other unnecessary things… So the next time you find yourself worrying about a terrorist attack on your kid’s school, try to stay focused and concern yourself with the dangers that really matter.
Tell us, what do you worry about the most with your kids?