Lost son in mall--very scary!
Has anyone ever lost their child while shopping? I never thought it wld happen to me, but it did! One minute my son was right beside me, and the next minute he was gone!
It was a busy Saturday at the mall, and my boys and I were browsing around. Somehow my youngest son got lost in the shuffle. I wasn't holding my kids' hands (BIG mistake) b/c they wanted to walk by themselves, and they promised to stay next to me. Thank God, after about 15 minutes of me panicing, a shopper found my son crying and turned him over to security. After this experience, I'm afraid to shop alone w/ my kids again. This was a true eye opener for me, and I'm hoping my kids learned from this experience as well. I've beaten myself up about the incident ever since it happened, but I know I can't keep doing that. I want to be able to take my kids out in public places without worrying about them. They're good kids, but they don't always follow the rules, despite my many efforts. Still, I believe that kids learn from exposure to different places and things. I don't want to shelter them. Any advice on overcoming this fear to avoid becoming over-protective paranoid mom? Now I understand why some parents leash their kids, something I always swore I wld never do, but I have to admit, the thought did cross my mind.