Think i may use a combo of several of these ideas, holster in a position not in plain sight but easily accessible, 2yr old has a tendency to wake up at night and come to the bedroom not looking for her to gain access while i'm sleeping. A smaller key/combo safe for the bedroom for daytime storage (i do have a larger safe located elswhere in the house for rifles and pistols).
Just a couple notes about some of the comments:
anyone who says to solve your worries by moving to a better neighborhood is an idiot...hmm nicer stuff to steal? doesn't seem to solve the problem.
Best Defense is a new program put on by a group of professionals that know defense and tactics used. I understand it's just a guidline and situation dictates, in this case it makes since to me.
Thank you all again for the suggestions thus far, keep em comin.