It sounds like we parents continue to be rotten at risk assessment.

Not only do we worry unnecessarily about dangers likely never to happen (as I’ve written about before). We also underestimate dangers we actually should worry about, according to this New York Times article.

The Centers for Disease Control says these are the top five things most likely to harm children:

1. Car accidents.

2. Homicide (usually at the hands of someone they know).

3. Child abuse.

4. Suicide.

5. Drowning.

These are the things we actually worry about, according to Mayo Clinic surveys:

1.  Kidnapping.

2.  School snipers.

3.  Terrorists.

4.  Dangerous strangers.

5.  Drugs.

I think I’d rather about the things Vicki the Biker worries about instead:

Rose Is Rose


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