Bump2basics is blogging guiltily about letting the baby roll off the bed, and Lady Bird World Mother is thinking of renaming herself Crap World Mother, so it got me thinking about all the avoidable things that happen to our kids because of well, lax parenting on our parts.
Without wishing to make you relive a real tragedy or trauma (ie. keep it light), what's the worst thing you let happen? I'll start.
Cooking a pan of pasta on the front ring (yes, I know) and watching my then two year old touch it. The whole thing happened in slow motion. She was walking towards it with her arm outstretched and I knew what was going to happen. I just couldn't get there in time. Fortunately I was able to yank her away pretty quickly so the damage was limited. AND she didn't pull the pan down on her self. (Shudder.) I still cook on the back rings because of that.
Closing the car window on my toddler boy's hands. He was young enough that he couldn't talk well (which is really young in my house) and had stuck his little fingers through the two inch window opening next to him. I didn't realise that and just happened to press the "up" window button. I heard him softly crying and couldn't figure out what was upsetting him so I pulled over to find him sitting there with his fingers jammed in the window. Oh I'm still upset thinking about it.
Or how about watching the wrong little 5 year old in a pink bikini at Tynemouth beach (very long sands) then realising your own 5 year old has been missing for ages? Cue running around for five minutes crying silently, then another eternal run (through sand remember) to the coast guard's beach hut, praying "Please don't let her have gone over to the rocks". Fortunately she'd been found before I even realised she'd gone, but again - aarrgghh!
And they all survived the toddlers years. Bloody miracle really.