I thought I knew fear when I encountered a spider as a young child.
I thought I knew fear when I’d disappoint my parents and a whoopin’ was coming.
I thought I knew fear as I laid in the labor and delivery room awaiting the induction of my first-born.
I thought I knew fear as I waited to fly down a zipline, challenging my fear of heights.
But none of those came close to the fear I felt when my son opened the front door and took off down the driveway.
Luckily I had been in the same room, and I heard the security alarm alert me to the door opening.
My mind raced through a million different scenarios in an instant as I chase after my son. How far would he make it before I got him? Was a car coming? Please dear God, don’t tell me there’s a car coming.
The door had been locked, but he had just learned how to unlock the deadbolt… A talent I didn’t think he’d develop for several more months. And from the moment he learned how to walk he wanted to run.
He runs around the house, through stores, and in our back yard. Now he was running down our driveway and across the street.
I sprinted, pushing my muscles to a limit they haven’t seen in many years and grabbed him just as he reached the middle of the road.
He was heading where he always seems to be going when he wants to run out in the front yard–Across the street to our neighbors house, with a front door similar to his grandma’s.
The other times we’d be outside and he’d try to run over there and open their front door while saying “Maaee, Maaee,” his way of saying “Grannie.”
I don’t know why he’s determined to get there, but I’m fearful he’ll get hurt, or worse in the process.
I ordered child proof door knob protectors to be delivered the next day, and I made sure to lock the smaller lock on the handle in the mean time. Doorknob covers like these are just one recommendation the Allstate Information Team gave me when I asked for other ways I could keep my kids safe in my home.
Aside from a front door that’s easy for an escape artist to bust, there are other dangers in the home that you may not know about:
1. Improperly installed Kitchen stoves- kids have been severely hurt when they tipped over a stove.
2. Bookshelves and other furniture that aren’t secured by wall brackets.
3. TVs that aren’t mounted correctly on the wall or are so low that your child can push on them.
4. Rugs that aren’t secured to the floor or that don’t have anti-slip pads.
I used to think outlet plugs and cabinet locks were the important things, and that we could go back to normal after the baby stage, but turns out toddlers can get into just as much or more trouble. So I just bought doorknob covers for the first time. And I’m considering keeping some kind of pillow pad or something behind the couch for when my son climbs and sits on the back. A couple of times we’ve caught him just as he’s falling.
I’ve procrastinated securing our furniture with brackets and my son is just the kid who would push the limits and try to climb one. I think this week was the wakeup call I needed to get on this. Even if it means hiring someone to help (although there’s gotta be some helpful youtube tutorials somewhere).
No idea why my son is determined to give me a heart attack, but at least he’s cute. And even though he gives me daily panic attacks, he’s still the love of our lives. And it’s our job to keep our baby safe.
Has your child ever done something that’s scared you out of your wits?
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held insurance company, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.