Yes, this is more than likely the number one fear of any parent. I cannot stand the thought of my children hurt. I've already lived it a little with illness, falling down stairs, smacking heads, almost being hit by a car. But for something really big, and really bad to happen? That would kill me.
I was probably a little too overprotective when they were young, especially with the first, but to me, other parents didn't seem protective enough.
I've loosened up a little, but I cringe when they go to sleepovers, ride their bikes, or just walk down to the corner. I find myself praying (and I'm not really the praying type) to let them come home unscathed.
They always do of course. But still I worry.