So recently we had to make a 'family' decision, I would rather not go into the details... but we felt it was a matter of keeping our child (ren) safe. As a parent God has entrusted us with them. And he has given us our 'gut' feeling or I also believe that it's the holy spirit guiding us. I am glad I decided to go with my instinct!
As a parent we are expected to keep our children safe and to create an environment where they are safe and feel safe. My upbringing was very strict even in my teenage years. And although I didn't really appreciate what my parents were doing, I am thankful that their decisions kept me 'safe'. I don't want to be strict with our children to the point that they are not given the opporunity to experience life and to enjoy friends and family. But I do want to teach my children to be safe and be aware of the type of world we live in. I know there will come a time that I will have to trust my children and trust that we raised them right. But not right now... not at 4.5 , 3 and 18 months years old. They are just babies.
That's not to say that bad things don't happen to good people, and that's not to say that you can control and prevent any pain in your children lives. But I do believe that when they are young we can teach them what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. And to make sure that they know that they are worthy and worth to be respected.
In the end we have to put our children's well being in the hands of God.. he has a plan for them and I pray daily that he puts a hedge of protection around them. And that his angels will protect and keep harm at bay.
I am relieved with my decision and I now have peace.
I am glad I went with my gut!