As soon as she got home, she went outside to play in our fenced in backyard. She never gave us any problems about leaving her backyard but today, of ALL days, she decided to go with a STRANGER, and walked two blocks away from our house. I was in the kitchen, which my window is where I can see my DD play with her playhouse. Well I turned away to take things out of the freezer, taking the brats and shrimp out and then took them out to the grill. Well DD is no where to be found. I called her and then got ahold of hubby and we were out like a mad panicky parents and got a few neighbors to help us look for our DD. Poor hubby, he was franic and called 911 and for the blessing of God, our new neighbor down the street found her and brought her over to us. SIGH! Oh what a relief it was and we had a very long talk with her about leaving the backyard (we told her many, many times DO NOT LEAVE the backyard for ANY reason!) and she still does not comprend what would ahve happened to her. She is smart but she thinks it was ok! She said this boy told her to follow him (which I seriously doubt that). And then she told me she wants to walk with him to make a new friend! Oh the panic feeling! It really did raise too many notches for me to handle and I do take high blood pressure meds and this time it took a long time to calm myself down. How in the world can I make my DD understand it was wrong for her and what kind of things it MIGHT have happened to her! She could be gone in a split second and she says, she will hit the stranger and kick him. Well sometimes strangers dont do those kind of things and fighting back might make the kidnapper do the worst thing. I must have been a bad mother since I can not give enough explanations what will happen to her and she knew she was NOT supposed to leave the backyard, locked or not locked. GRRRRRRRRRRR! I ought to kick myself! Hubby was so upset about it and we both cried in relief and glad she is home now! I know she likes to go to Junior's house or wants Junior to come over to play with her but as parents, whats the best equiette? My hubby and I asked Junior the day before if he got his permission from his parents. He said yes. Does his parents know where he is? He said yes. Well half an hour later, his father was out looking for Junior, same as us, frantic and he was glad he was with us. Junior is now grounded. Now my daughter is grounded too! They are both four and half years old and will be five years old. So in order for DD's classmate friend to come over, should we go over to Junior's parents to ask for permission to take Junior with us so he can play or vise versa? If Junior comes over to play, should we go over to his parents to see if he did have their permission to come over to play? It would save the parents the grief and panic like both Junior's parents and we have been experiencing. I am so glad for neighbors, they sure did pull together! All in all, I see a few more grey hairs popping on my head!