Thump thump thump thump thump. Chunky little footsteps running down the hall… Away from me. "Hey buddy, come back in here!" Silence. Ten seconds elapse. A thud, then shrieks. Ten seconds too many between the two-year-old and mama.
Running toward the sound, I can tell he's calming down, but clearly shaken. Scooping up that little bear and holding him close, I examine the damage, try to assess the circumstance of the injury. Apparently he was climbing a nightstand and fell. A secure, heavy nightstand. But managed to scrape an ear pretty good regardless. An ice pack is applied, the five-year-old vows to keep him in place until he's "better," and the afternoon continues.
"Mommy, I need to go potty!" The hundredth time, this girl. I shuttle the four-year-old into the bathroom and the ceaseless chatter continues. It's then decided that a little "me" time for her is in order, so she's given some toys to play with in her bed for a bit, a safe place where she can have her own space.
A few minutes after speeding through household tasks in the brief minutes I have between children needing help, I hear another thump, and then more crying. Rushing into the bedroom, it appears that some horsing around was happening that resulted in the four-year-old falling between the beds and scraping her chin. She always does seem to get into the most crazy predicaments (once I caught her hanging by her underwear from a cabinet knob), but nonetheless, I reassure her and give her a hug, and all is well for the time being.
Kids are accident-prone little machines. It's challenging to keep them free of bumps and bruises even when they're in the same room as you, much less ten seconds away. We've always been pretty proactive about educating our littles from a young age about things to avoid (flicking hands that reach for power outlets or cords, etc), and also keeping their immediate surroundings free from usual dangers i.e. knives, open flame, meds, chemicals… But it is super important to have a refresher about what's safe no matter where you're at in your parenting journey.
Safe Kids Day is the perfect time to do just that. While celebrating the family as a whole and bringing the community together, it also supports the life-saving programs of Safe Kids Worldwide. We LOVE this nonprofit organization that helps families everywhere prevent childhood injuries and tragedies through simple resources like this event and the Make Safe Happen app, as well as the full-fledged website. It's difficult to be attentive to your children 24/7 no matter how many you have, and we need to take precautions ahead of time to make sure the most fatal dangers are avoided.