A few times a week, I get strangers at my door when I'm home alone with our babies. If it's clearly UPS or something, I'll open the door. If it's a stranger, I'm never sure what to do. So far, it's always been a solicitation of some kind -- money for some program, or an offer to do yard work. I never say yes, but I'm wondering whether it's a good idea to open the door at all.
The neighborhood is safe, I'd say -- leafy urban type neighborhood, single-family homes mixed with apartment buildings and duplexes, with some retirees and other mothers home during the day.
My questions are: (1) is it a good idea, safety-wise, to answer the door, as a lone female (I mean, the kids are 1 and 2, so although I'm not really alone, their hand-to-hand combat days are still ahead of them)? (2) If I don't answer the door, should I approach the door and say I don't answer the door to strangers, so that they know someone's home (this seems weird, I know, but the way my front door is laid out, by the time I see that it's a stranger, they can see me, too, so it seems weirder to just pretend I don't see them)? (3) Any other suggestions for how to handle strangers at the door?
Finally, I saw this thread
, and it was helpful, but I thought the little side argument about whether answering the door is a good or bad idea would be the focus of these answers, and would help me. My personal concern is more safety than inconvenience.
Thanks for your thoughts.