Is your house or apartment as safe as it could or should be?
Are you doing all that you can to avoid fire and other hazards? I know that I, for one, know all of the things about which I am supposed to be careful…but sometimes life gets in the way and I am careless.
I am constantly leaving things plugged in and walking away, leaving cords strewn all over the place so that I trip over them later. This is a problem in any season with my laptop, but now that it is cold and Flu season, I anticipate trouble with humidifier wires….plugs and spilling water are a definite no-no! I am also guilty of lighting my Shabbat candles and either going to sleep or leaving the house, probably a big safety no-no. I am even guilty of wacking my smoke detector with a broom handle to make it stop beeping after I burn something…(admit it, you’ve done that!)
If it weren’t for a whole host of amazing medical professionals, neither I nor my babies would probably have survived my pregnancies. I was preeclamptic with each of my two pregnancies and had my doctors not known what to look out for or been lax in monitoring me, I might have had a very different outcome. I needed care before, during and after labor. Because I received such a high standard of care, I was even able to avoid having c-sections or any more medical interventions during labor than those that were totally necessary.
The statistics are staggering–Every year across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. Another 7-10 million women and girls suffer severe or long lasting illnesses caused by complications in pregnancy and childbirth. The numbers multiply exponentially for women in developing countries.
You hope you never need it, but, at some point, whether as a result of an injury or even to rule something out, most parents end up seeking some sort of specialized care for their little ones.
When my son was young his elbow used to pop out of its socket all of the time. Though ‘nursemaid’s elbow’ may be no big deal medically, to a new parent it is pretty terrifying. The first time it happened, when he was about 6 months old, we ran to the emergency room. When it began to happen more often, we sought the advice of our pediatrician and ended up making many visits to a wonderful pediatric orthopedist. I can’t imagine having to deal with doctors and nurses who weren’t specifically trained to deal with children (and their nervous parents!)
No, I am not being facetious.
Though I really hope the mom who suggested it is…in fact, I’m almost very probably sure that she almost is 😉
Lenore Skenazy is the author of the book Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) and proponent of a parenting style that she describes as “Fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers, Ivy League rejection letters and/or the perils of a non-organic grape.”
On her blog, Free-Range Kids, a few days ago, she suggested that parents pay $350 (full scholarships available for the taking) for the privilege of dropping their 8-18 year old in Central Park to not be watched by Lenore herself. Because Central Park is the safest precinct in the safest largest city in the country. Oh, a waiver is required absolving Lenore of any responsibility.