I'll never forget the two times my doctor told me I'd be having a girl. Both times I was ecstatic, but apprehensive. Simply put, raising girls terrifies me.That's not to say that I don't know what I'm doing (I mean, some days I don't, but that's besides the point). It's just a scary world that we live in...especially for young girls. I'm not getting political or anything like that. It's a simple fact. You take your kids to school or the park or wherever and anything can happen.

There is just something about raising girls that just downright scares me. From the "Me Too" movement to the case of the doctor that was just sentenced to 140 years for molesting his young patients, it is truly a scary world out there.

My kids are seven and five. Do I need to teach them self defense or something? I mean, we have had a conversation on stranger danger, but is that enough? If you're a parent, I'm sure you worry about your children when they're not in your sight. How do you tell your innocent children that there are cruel and bad people in the world? How do you explain why that is? I feel like a small piece of their youth and innocence disappears every time we have a conversation like that.

All we can do as parents and the community is teach children about strangers, stay away from drugs, and try to show them good choices. It's a scary world, I just wonder what type of world we are leaving for them when they get older.