It is an internal debate that I struggle with. Let me first say I do not judge those mothers and fathers that allow their little girls to run around scantily clad, I am guilty of it also.
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Be prepared with emergency, first aid and snacks! You want to make sure you have the correct supplies and not left standing there helpless. That said I have had that happen to me many times.