Accidents Happen to Good Parents Too
I’m really working on believing this one. I was the one to take my daughter’s life jacket off just before her accident. I’ve felt so much guilt over that. I’ve felt responsible. I can’t imagine how I would have felt if she hadn’t recovered.
Since the accident though, I’ve had so many friends and family members come forward and tell me, “that almost happened to us . . . “, “that happened to my friend . . . “.
Everyone has a story. They are all terrifying.
I can’t deny that so many of the people who have come forward with scary stories about their child nearly drowning (or worse) are people I know to be good parents. Since my daughter’s story was shared in The Washington Post, more parents have come forward with heartbreaking stories. Accidents happen to good parents too. I remind myself of that on the days I feel guilty.
On the flip side of this, that means you can’t assume your child is safe just because you are a good mom. I’ve cringed at the comments I’ve read as our story went viral from moms saying, “How hard is it to just watch your child?” or “Well, that wouldn’t happen to me because I pay attention.”
I promise you, I watch my child. I pay attention. It only took a second for things to take a dramatic turn. Don’t get so comfortable that you aren’t being cautious. That’s when accidents happen.
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