There’s no question that being a parent is one of the most difficult things anyone can experience. Your life becomes a roller coaster of emotions, and your work never stops — it’s a lifetime commitment. And because parenting is something that consumes every part of you, the chances of mistakes and accidents increase dramatically. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, how much money you make, or the size of the bubble you try to create around your child, things happen. You can claim to be a perfect parent all you want, but everyone knows that it is impossible, and that’s okay! Too many parents put a ridiculous amount of pressure on themselves to be perfect and at the same time are extremely critical of those who accept the fact that they are flawed.
While it may be easy to say what you should and shouldn’t do as a parent, until you’re actually one yourself, there’s no way you can possibly understand what it’s like, and you most certainly cannot pass judgment.
The next time you beat yourself up as a parent or realize you’re misjudging moms and dads who are simply trying their best, remember the story below. Not only is it a prime example of how quickly things can happen, but it also holds some important lessons for everyone.
Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings in the COMMENTS and then SHARE this article with everyone you know who is trying to make it through the journey that is parenting.
As a busy mom, Molly Landis has had to master the art of multitasking in order to keep up with everything life throws at her. But as anyone with a young baby knows, children tend to fuss and can decide to change their schedule at any given moment, which makes basic tasks like working, exercising, running errands, cleaning, and cooking extra difficult to do.
A Helping Hand
This is why many parents, including Molly, use products like chest carriers to make life easier, especially when they have a million and one things to take care of in addition to their babies.
However, Molly learned the hard way that wearing your baby isn’t something that should be done all the time. A few weeks ago while cooking a meal on her stove, one of Molly’s burners exploded and sent a fireball up her chest, neck, and face, which resulted in a series of painful burns.
A Twist Of Fate
Usually, Molly uses the carrier while she’s working in the kitchen, but for the first time ever, her baby girl actually fell asleep in her swing that night, which meant she wasn’t strapped to her mother’s chest — the main impact zone of the accident.
The thought of what could have happened made Molly take action.
Had Molly been holding her baby in the carrier like she normally does, the child’s head would have received the brunt of the burns. And after returning home from the hospital and telling her story to a few close friends, Molly knew she had to share it with others on social media.
Spreading The Word
She uploaded a photo of her burns to Facebook with the following message:”I don’t normally post this kind of stuff or personal information but after sharing this story with close friends I am urged to share this story. “On Tuesday I was involved in an accident where my stove burner exploded and sent a fireball to my face, neck and chest. This caused open wounds and burns to my face and chest. Yes, this is horrible and painful but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how lucky I truly am. “As a new mom I often wear my sweet 4 week old in my wrap carrier (we know we all love being hands free especially with a needy babe)..on this particular night a guardian angel was watching over me and my baby bc for the first time in her life she fell asleep in her swing and I wasn’t wearing her while I was in the kitchen. “The worst of my burns is to my chest- exactly where her precious little head would have been laying if she were in her carrier. “The point of my message is to pleaseeeee be cautious of the activities we do while wearing our babies! Since this happened I have had so many moms say ‘omg, I do that all the time’ .. we never think it could happen to us and I never thought it would happen to me. So grateful she wasn’t near the explosion.”
People Are Listening
Since being uploaded, the post has been shared over 20,000 times and has 14,000+ reactions. And even though Molly has received a fair bit of criticism for cooking with her baby in a carrier in the past, many comments are from fellow busy moms who have admitted to doing the exact same thing.
Lives Are Potentially Being Saved
“This easily could have been me. I will definitely put him in [his] swing as I cook in the future. Please heal faster knowing your story is helping others.”
I am so happy that Molly’s child is okay and that her injuries weren’t more serious. I know it’s easy to jump to conclusions and judge others, especially when you’re reading about them from behind your computer screen, but at the end of the day, we should all remember that nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. Support and understanding are things that need to come out of stories like this, not hateful, demeaning comments.
Are you a parent who uses a carrier in order to multitask throughout the day? If so, let us know if you can relate to this story in the COMMENTS and then SHARE it with every new parent you know. It could save their child’s life!