We all try our best to keep our kids safe, but sometimes accidents happen. It doesn't make you a bad parent, but it sure does make you a stressed parent.
That's why our hearts are going out to actress and author Jenny Mollen this week. She recently revealed she dropped her 5-year-old son Sid on his head over the weekend. Mollen and her husband Jason Biggs have spent the last few days getting him care for a serious head injury.
"On Saturday evening, I dropped my son on his head causing him to fracture his skull and landing him in the ICU," Mollen wrote on Instagram. "I am forever grateful to Lenox hill downtown and @nyphospital for their immediate response and aid. Thank you to all of the nurses, neurologists, pediatricians, residents, cafeteria staff and brave women that keep the visitor's bathrooms clean."
Sid is now recovering at home (and eating lots of ice cream, according to his mama). Mollen says it's been a traumatic week and has a message for other parents who've had a similar accident: "You are not alone."
Mollen says her heart goes out to all her fellow parents who find themselves in this kind of position. The fact is, this kind of thing happens to a lot of parents. Our kids are with us the most, and accidentally injuring your own kid is pretty common.
As Alison Tothy, an emergency room doctor, professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago, and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics told Fatherly, we parents often feel like our kids are the safest with us, so parents often take fewer precautions during play with their own kids.
Kids get hurt playing airplane or getting tossed in their air by mom or dad. They get hurt when a parent misjudges a doorframe and bumps their head. They get hurt because we're only human.
Tothy tells Fatherly parents shouldn't worry too much about potentially injuring their child. The benefits of playing with them outweigh the risks. "In the end, it's more important to interact with your child" she says.
We can't keep our kids in a bubble. Sometimes, accidents happen. We can understand that as a parent, you'd want so badly to rewind time and take those few seconds back, but as Mollen proves, we can't do that.
But we can move on and be kind to ourselves as our babies (and our hearts) recover.
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