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The world we live in has changed and not for the better, we live in fear and we have to always question people’s motives now. We hear about the one hit punches, killings,rapes and bombings and it seems like an everyday occurrence and that’s not the life I want for my children and eventually my grandchildren, I wanted them to see the beauty in this world and the love and instead it is over shadowed by hatred and anger.
I tell my children about when I was young my younger brother and I used to go catching yabbies in the dam up the road ( I grew up in a small country town) and we used to go walking in the bush for hours and ride our bikes for miles but now we worry where our children go and what they do as they aren’t safe.
Every night when my daughter and I say goodnight to each other I always say to her I love you and please be safe as I always worry ( my daughter lives away from home she is 22 years old now) but it is the same with two of my boys they live with their dad and I worry everyday and night about them and the fact that they are young men and they are the sort of boys that we have brought up to help anyone in need and now I worry if they do what could happen to them, I don’t like thinking like that. Do any of the mums out there feel the same? Or anyone else dads included feel that way also?


Posted by Becca j, 24th January 2016


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  • It is normal to care and have fears for our children.

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  • Yes. My kids are still little, but I’m finding it hard to balance safety messages with ” help other people” messages.

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  • I think we are going through a scary time in the Western World, and I worry for my 24yo son. I’m still quite positive about life in Australia though, and feel we are blessed to live in such an accepting culture.

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  • It is horrible to think of all the dangers that are out there for our children. I can remember as a kid roaming the streets with my friends until it was time to go home for dinner. There was no fear.

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  • I hate that we now live in a world where there can be so much evil and wrong doing. I know we all have to live our lives but its worrying that there are so many people out there just waiting to hurt other.

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  • I think we don’t need to live in fear but be more aware of our surroundings. I remember when we were growing up we had doors, windows open , and no need to even have seatbelts in cars. We were free. Times have changed, we have to accept more people in numbers, we want more things and everyone’s opinions are different and leading to more arguments etc. I think we forgot how to be together . I just tell my kids ( 15 and 19 ) , to be aware always, do the right thing and help your mates and others . Be kind and hopefully others will be kind back , that’s all you can do .

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  • That’s true, I worry but I also like to take the kids to the park and walk around and spend time with them. I just wanted to find out what others thought of our world now…. I know worrying doesn’t help health wise but I don’t let it rule my life I just think time to time of what was and what is.


    • It is very interesting to reflect on what was and compare with what is today. Until I was 9 we lived in a small country town. Not long before we left the town a girl of my age disappeared (thought kidnapped) after an evening basketball game. The story comes up from time to time on significant unsolved missing people cases. That event changed our level of freedom significantly. The world wasn’t perfect when we were growing up, just as it isn’t perfect now.

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  • And that’s very good. Sometimes the constant worries “block” us. We don’t dare to do anything. But being aware of the dangers outside it’s really important.


    • yeah you can’t live your life in fear though so sometimes you just have to switch off and have a break from the news.

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  • Yes I worry too but i dont let the worry take over. It just makes me more cautious.

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  • Also, there are plenty of books, strategies and techniques that can help with relieving and dealing with worry. I do recommend finding some time in your day for meditation and relaxation. As you appear to like the outdoors, this might be a good place/space for reflection and dealing with your worries.

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  • yeah i would love to move to the country and have my own land. my kids would have freedom and fun and i would love to give them that peaceful up-bringing.

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  • Yes, it is easy to worry with all we see and hear and read in the media every day. Don’t forget how any good things are around us, and so many good people too. My daughter very worried recently when my husband caught a plane for work – she was worried it is going to crash – such a shame for kids to think like this. I try my hardest to put the bad in the world in perspective.

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  • I worry sometimes too. But don’t let the worries define who you are. If we live in constant worry, we don’t enjoy our life. And we just have one. See the beauty in the small things, show your love to your dear ones. Living in constant worry is not good for you. :-)

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  • Sadly with the 24 hour media cycle we are bombarded with images and reports of all the bad events that occur and not many of the good. Childhood is often seen through rose coloured glasses and it is wonderful to look back on these memories, but also to look forward. I still see more good in the world than bad and also more good people than bad people. It is normal to care and have fears for our children, but enjoy every precious moment with them and enjoy life to because it does have a lot to offer. Take the time to pass these activities onto all of your family and make it a tradition to do them.

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