Did you know there is a haunted Toys R’ Us in San Jose, CA? Did you know there are many malls rumored to be haunted, including the Mall of America? How about Disneyland? Did you know Disneyland is supposedly VERY haunted – as is the White House?
Would you take your children to these places KNOWING they were haunted????
Recently, I have come under fire for taking my 6 month old daughter, Charlotte, with me to a historic mansion in upstate NY to take photos with a friend of mine who is a photographer. TAPS had investigated this mansion the night before, (no, Charlotte was not there for that – obviously), and I knew my friend would love to snap some shots of it, it was beautiful. Needless to say, I didn’t even blink an eye when it came to bringing Charlotte there on my downtime. My only concern was that it wasn’t heated so I bundled her up. Keep in mind, this place is open on a daily basis during the warmer months for tours. It’s a safe, well kept building – not some decrepit old house.
So yes, in the middle of the day, I took my daughter to a location that might be haunted.
I have never received so much flack for something in my life.
Seriously, paranormal world? This sort of parenting is what you’re going to attack?
Now, most of you seem to be pretty level headed about this. The fact of the matter is, you never know what is a haunted spot and what isn’t. Children are taken to scores of historical locations on field trips, etc every day – many of them are forts, museums, zoos, aquariums, jails, (hello, ALCATRAZ), – you name it – all of which, we have investigated – and some of which, we have found evidence of potential paranormal activity within.
At some point, a culture of fear started in the paranormal field, and frankly I find it shameful and appalling. Apparently, there are demons everywhere, waiting to prey on all of us.
I can’t live that way. I’ve never seen any compelling evidence of an attachment and I’ve been around this stuff my entire life. I’ve studied demonic possession intensely and it’s a whole other ballgame that just does not happen because you visited a haunted house. Yes, I think I’ve had something follow me home on a couple of occasions, but they were nothing but harmless entities who had recently found they had a voice and wanted to keep talking. Is that creepy to you? Maybe. To me, it’s my job and they’re just people – most of them confused, scared, or curious – and they don’t frighten me one bit as much as the living do.
The living – who see a new mother, trying to go out of her way to spend as much time with her daughter as possible while working, and insist on insinuating it’s some sort of abuse. The living – who find is necessary to write NEWS articles about this. Seriously. The fact is, I did nothing different than any of you with children any day of the week – but because of what I do for a living and because I posted a picture, that I thought was cute, I have been barraged with comments, emails, messages, etc claiming that I put my daughter in danger.
Wake up, people. We can barely prove ghosts are real, (and we haven’t technically), there are so many bigger things to worry about when it comes to raising a child in this world.
There will still be people who say I did wrong. I guarantee, if they’re parents who have taken their kids in public at all, they’re hypocrites. Theoretically, any place could have a ghost. Channel that fear into being on the lookout for real threats, like pedophiles and kidnappers, use that energy to make sure you’re buckling your child into their car seat correctly, or that you’re not giving them something they can choke on, or that they’re not sleeping on their tummy before they can roll over, or that they have sunscreen on when they go to play outside, speaking of – keep them away from the street.
See where I’m going with this? Real, everyday concerns. Worry about those. Don’t worry about me and where I take my perfectly healthy and well cared for daughter. And I certainly hope you’re not limiting the educational opportunities and memories that come with visiting historical sites because you’re worried about taking your kid to a “haunted” place.