Week after week my heart was breaking for parents facing terrible tragedies.
A split second is all it takes for an accident to occur. A child to falls into a gorilla pen. A toddler is captured by an alligator. A child is forgotten in a car on a hot summer day. A babysitter gives a child too much medicine which leads to a deadly result.
Trust me, I am not going to be the one to point a finger and tell you you should have tried harder, been paying better attention, or read more parenting books. Motherhood isn’t easy, and we all have our moments of weakness. My own son has run out the front door, tried to escape in a parking lot, and done other dangerous things I have tried to suppress from my memories.
I pray every day that I can be a better mom than I was the day before, and for the strength to do a good job. I also pray for their safety because I know I need all the help I can get.
In addition, I’ve also been learning ways I can be better. Not by reading parenting books or new studies, but listening, observing, and talking to others mothers. By helping one another.
It takes a village right?
Earlier this month there was a tragic mistake when a babysitter gave an 8-month-old baby a lethal dose of medicine. I love how helpful the KnowYourOTCs website is for helpful reminders for parents.
It served as a reminder to me to double, triple check the dosage on medications we’re giving our kids, and make sure we’re using the right measuring tools and reading the labels. But beyond that it was a clear wakeup call to me to make sure that anyone watching my kids knows the same. My sister, or even my mom, who hasn’t had to dose children as young as mine in many years. Or maybe my friends or some of you could use this reminder too.
A 2014 pediatric study showed that every 8 minutes a child in the U.S. receives the wrong medicine or dosing. The KnowYourOTCs website has so much helpful information and charts of dos and don’ts to help remind us.
Nobody is a perfect parent. We’re all trying our best. But we can also do our best to help one another when we see someone who needs help, and instead of pointing a finger, we can lend a hand and be helpful, not critical.
After all, it takes a village. Let’s build ours.
*I love finding ways to keep my family safe and helping others to do the same, which is why I’ve partnered with KnowYourOTCs on this post and why I’ve loved being a KYTOCs ambassador for the last year.