No matter how hard we try to fight it, the hard truth is that kids are going to get hurt. What's even harder to swallow is, sometimes there's nothing we can do about it, sometimes it just can't be prevented.
Some people go to great lengths and take great care when it comes to childproofing their house, and there are certain measures that I fully agree with: out let covers, locks on cupboards with chemicals, that sort of thing. But at the same time, rather than bubble wrap every piece of furniture, I think we'd be doing both ourselves and our children a favour by allowing them to learn some things on their own.
Of course nobody likes to see their little ones get hurt, especially when we feel like the whole thing could have been prevented. (If only I'd moved that piece of lego, or grabbed him or her sooner, he/she wouldn't have tripped or fallen.) But little accidents are disguised as golden opportunities for learning. Once our little ones learn that if they run on wet floor they just might slip, they're probably less likely to do it again, (of course sometimes it does take repetition before a lesson is learned).
And although it's terribly upsetting to see some big horrible boo boo on our perfect little angels, most of the time it's soon forgotten. It happens. Our little one cries about it. And then they let it go. I think we could stand to learn something from our darling little fearless adventurers... Perhaps, after we've administered as many hugs and kisses as needed, we should do the same and just let it go?
I've also been told that A is for Arlee Bird, the one who created this wonderful challenge. So big shout out to him, thanks so much for the great idea and the opportunity to connect with others.