safety of the little ones from the gun vs the safety the gun may provide if the family is threatened...
averages do not work when one speaks of a specific situation but....from the time you detect danger you either have a gun on you ready to respond or you have to get it.
your involved with the "little ones" so likely you will not have it on you.
so its put up such that you can get to it from any part of the house in under 30 seconds, load and be ready.
one reason i most often suggest a Browning High Power cause of its magazine interlock.
keep the ammo seperate and the gun is rendered safe.
practice bringing the 2 together, the gun in a lock-box of a design that suits your style
(in a draw, attached to the headboard....) and the loaded magazine up high and close by.
your protecting the family in a well thought out and safe mannor makes you a better parent than them that trust in
others when seconds count
---though not as fast as having the gun on your person---30 seconds to go from "i think i hear someone at the door/window to armed is a
whole lot better than 911.