Please Keep an Eye on Your Kids!

child safety signKids are fast… and it takes just seconds for them to disappear. A few weeks ago, I had something terrifying happen, and I want to share it with you in hopes that it will remind you to always have an eye on your kids.

A few weeks ago, I had a friend over to help me with a rather large craft project. The only kids I had at home were Lucy, Parker, and Gage, and they were all in and out of the house along with my friend’s children.

After a little while, I suddenly realized that I didn’t know where Parker was.

My heart started racing. Where was he?

I searched the house, room by room, but he wasn’t there.

He wasn’t in the basement, either.

So, I went outside. We live in an area that is completely surrounded by woods. While this is typically no big deal, we have a bear that has gotten way too friendly with our trash cans.

I went outside, screaming Parker’s name. Where on earth was he? Why hadn’t I been watching him more closely? Why was I so enthralled with this project that I had allowed myself to be distracted from my children?

Tears streaming down my face, I screamed his name over and over.

And then we found him.

He had climbed into my friend’s car and shut the door. Luckily, summer hadn’t hit yet, and it wasn’t hot, plus she had cracked her windows.

He was fine. Thank God.

My heart still pounding, I pulled him from the car, and clung to him. I told him over and over again that I was so sorry I hadn’t been watching him better.

He grabbed my face with both hands, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Mom, I was just driving to Walmart.”

SIGH. I still cannot believe that I allowed this to even happen. The “what if’s” are enough to make me sick to my stomach.

Now the doors are locked on any car parked in our driveway. Always. Parker is no longer allowed outside unless someone is right there with him. And I will never, ever again get so focused on anything that it distracts me from where my children are or what they are doing.

Summer is here, and there are far too many ways accidents can occur. I’ve already heard of 3 accounts of children being run over by an adult backing out of the driveway. Last year, 49 children in the United States died from heat stroke while left unattended in vehicles – making it the worst year on record. This is a significant health concern because there are an estimated 250,000 cases of children trapped in cars every month, with 2,000 of the nearly fatal.*

Please, please, PLEASE keep an eye on your children this summer. Know where they are at all times. It’s easy to say, “It will never happen to me.”

But what if it does?

It’s always better to be safe rather than to be sorry later.

*Heat stroke statistics courtesy of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



Comments

  1. 1

    You and I are on the same page today. I wrote about the same type of thing after a baby died this week right down the road from where I work from being forgotten in a car for five hours. I’m absolutely floored by how that can happen. This was local…it was just in Kennesaw.

    Parker sneaking off to play in the car is so totally normal to a kid and absolutely horrific for us as parents. I’m so glad you found him in the matter of just a few minutes. I can’t imagine the thoughts going through your head. I don’t know how I might have reacted….complete panic, I suppose. I’m glad it all turned out okay for you.
    Lindsay recently posted..How does one forget something so important

    • 2

      I simply cannot believe anyone could “forget” their child in a car. The child sneaking off is one thing – and horrific enough – but to forget? I’m sorry, I just don’t get it.

      Breaks my heart that baby had to die because of someone’s negligence. So sad. 🙁

  2. 3

    OMG That is so scary. We all need to learn from stuff like this. I have nightmares where I am stuck in traffic trying to race home and my child is somewhere unattended.
    Look up the story of Jessica Tata, Angie. I think you will be interested in that case.
    Danielle recently posted..Beloved Teacher

    • 4

      Oh my gosh, Danielle! How do you run a daycare and just LEAVE?! I know she’s pleading not guilty, but I hope she gets the maximum sentence. That is just not right.

  3. 5

    I’m so glad you found him and that he was fine! How scary! We have woods near us too. And, while we haven’t had any trouble with bears, word is out that they ARE in our county this year. We have a dog…BUT! Our youngest is 7 1/2, but very little for his age. It worries us that he is such “easy” prey for a wild animal!

    The stories of people running over their kids really scare me! EVERY time I back out of the garage, I check and check and check to make sure our youngest hasn’t run out of the house!

    I have a safety article posted on my blog right now. PLEASE stop by and read it. The title is Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning!

    http://totallytemberton.net/2011/05/26/must-read-safety-article-drowning-does-not-look-like-drowning/
    Cara R. recently posted..FREE Timeline of the English Bible from Homeschool in the Woods

  4. 6

    Oh Angie, I’m so sorry. You are a wonderful mother, and I know this completely broke your heart. Thank goodness he is okay.

    This is an excellent reminder for the hot months ahead (and anytime really).

    (hugs)

  5. 7

    I think every Mom can sympathize with you. Glad all turned out well.

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