I've been wanting to post about Leiby's shocking kidnapping and murder, but the words have escaped me. I can't get it out of my heart and mind. Please remember the family in your prayers.
I was a helicopter parent, probably to the point of being absurd. I live in a quiet middle to upper income suburb but I wouldn't let my children walk 1/2 mile into the town center, even with a group of other children, until they were 13 - and there were no circumstances when I would let them walk alone. There is a bit of unworldiness, naivete and immaturity they need to catch up on in their later teens -- but staying vigilant in forming all of the gifts they need in this world will catch them up by 19 or so.
This is not to pass judgment on this grieving family - but to serve as a reminder that we can never be too careful in a world where everything has been made into virtues of nomatterwhatness.