Parental fears come to life

Based on surveys collected by Christie Barnes, mother of four and author of The Paranoid Parents Guide, the top five worries of parents are, in order:

  1. Kidnapping
  2. School snipers
  3. Terrorists
  4. Dangerous strangers
  5. Drugs

But how do children really get hurt or killed?

  1. Car accidents
  2. Homicide
  3. Abuse
  4. Suicide
  5. Drowning

My top five worries are:

  1. Choking on food
  2. Drowning
  3. Falling a height that exceeds my daughter’s height
  4. Discovery of a previously undetected but serious illness
  5. Car accident

Of course, now that we’ve discovered that my daughter is allergic to peanuts, that may knock something off the list soon.