Even Good Parents Fail
Parenting Isn't Easy
I became a parent a little over 10 months ago. My life hasn't been the same ever since. It hasn't all been good but there is nothing in this world that could make me take back the decision to be a father.
No amount of money, fame, or power is worth the love that I have for my son. If I had to rate myself I would say that I am definitely an above average parent, especially as far as dads that I have seen in my life. I spend time every day telling my son I love him and offering him support with whatever obstacle he is facing that day (babies do have obstacles!).
But I am far from the perfect parent. I have made tons of mistakes. As my son continues to grow he needs to see me make mistakes too. That will teach him that life isn't about doing everything perfect but more about doing better than you did last time. Continual improvement is key. That is my goal as a parent, to do better tomorrow than what I did today.
My goal with this blog is to talk about the successes and failures that I go through as I strive to become the best possible dad. I'm a story person so look forward to reading some of the struggles that I go through with my son. I hope they keep your attention and also inspire you not to make my mistakes.
Earlier this week my wife was at home with my son while I was in class. I'm currently working on getting my Master's in Teaching. I received a text from my wife saying "911" and "Call me now!!!". As you can imagine my mind immediately exploded with terrible misfortunes of what could have happened. I tend to have an imagination that closely resembles the movie Final Destination.
I stepped out of my class and called my wife back to hear that my son had fallen on his head. I didn't wait for details and told her I would meet her at the ER as soon as possible and immediately excused myself from class.
When I walked into the ER my wife and son were sitting near the entrance. As soon as the little guy saw me he started to get upset and wanted me to hold him. I have never seen him so docile and sad. He is such a happy baby normally and literally knows no strangers. The kiddo I walked in on was completely different and broke my heart as I held him.
I'm sure you are wondering what got us to this point. My little beast of a son was sitting in his travel high chair on the counter while my wife made dinner. We have been aware that he is strong and can move the high chair and since it is on the counter and not a chair wasn't strapped in. Usually he only moves it a little and we are able to reposition him before he is any danger. This day he had such a big push that it didn't just scoot the high chair back but instead tipped the high chair back. Little man fell backwards of the counter and landed face first on the hardwood floors with the weight of the high chair on top between 3 and 4 feet.
Luckily, I have a tank for a son. In fact, Tank is the nickname that many of our relatives call him. He was dazed for a bit but recovered very quickly. No bleeding, spinal, or skeletal damage so we are definitely counting our blessings!
Moral of the Story
- No matter what, always watch your kid!
- If the device has safety straps, use them!
- Don't underestimate the strength and abilities of your kiddo!
- Kids are pretty resilient. Especially kids under two. Apparently, your brain has so much plasticity before the age of two that even if there is some type of brain damage from a fall your brain can repair itself.
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