7 ways your children can accidently injure you

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⇒THIS IS ME! 

No, I am not going back to the medieval times nor is this my halloween costume! It is my new mom suit that would keep me safe from any future mom injuries. Believe me; little kids can be dangerous!

As much as you focus on children safety, you need to give some attention to keeping your bodies protected from these mini loaded weapons. I am a tad late to opt for the armored suit, but I have learned a lesson after enduring multiple accidental mom injuries. The sudden movements and head turn of the little ones can result in several accidental parental boo boos. Here is how-

Sleeping with an acrobat

Sleeping with your little one is a double edged sword. You enjoy the snuggles and the cheat days of co-sleeping when you can take in the smell of your baby’s hair like the fragrance of a new car. It is one of the most pleasurable moments but also dangerous one too.

Co-Sleeping

A sleeping child on a bed is always on the move like an acrobat. (Ours were!) While you hold on to the edge of the bed, your little monster overtakes the entire bed. As if this is not enough, one kick to your chin or a belly punch by those moving fists and feet make you want to scream with your guts out. But you do not, for the fear (and bountiful love in your heart) of waking up your sweet angel.

The micro swords

NEVER fail to trim those soft, harmless looking nails of your sweet pea. These nails disguised as micro swords are super dangerous! A scratch from their nails burns like a paper cut and can even harm your eyes. So, disarm your cute ninja’s nail weapon by regular clipping.

The magical hug moment

You adore the commercials wherein a kid runs towards an adult, waiting with an open arms, resulting into a perfect lovable hug. (Awww! Priceless moment!) What you do not know is that this perfect hug or nose to nose kisses requires some choreography moves. If not done right the tiny head of your preschooler might end up feeling like a massive jab underneath your belly, or your nose (whatever comes in their way).

Movie nights

Prepare for the consequences of watching the movies/TV shows like Kung Fu Panda and Ninja Go . The children might feel inspired by these shows, so wear your helmet and safety goggles for few days after watching the flick. Even better keep a shield at an arm’s reach to protect yourself from the moving objects coming at you.

Video Games

Stay 15 feet away from the children playing console video games. KEEP DISTANCE else you will end up getting smacked into your face with the remote they pretend to be using as a sword or boxing fists.

Dangling Distractions

The dangling shiny things are like an open invitation for the kids to grab them into their tight grip that is difficult to let go.  I have been guilty of doing this to my mom when I was a cute little harmless baby or so she thought before I grabbed her sparkling earrings and pulled them towards me. She had to get her ear lobe stitched. (I am sorry mom!)

Hot liquid

Imagine you are enjoying a me moment with a cup of chai and suddenly you are hit by a storm, soaking your dress in the hot liquid. It takes you few moments to realize that the storm was caused by your munchkin’s ball that suddenly came to you with the voice that followed, “Mommy catch!”

That is the moment you realize that your reflexes are not up to par, and you think of enrolling yourselves in one of the martial arts classes (along with your kid) to tune up your reflexes. After all, you need to be ready to dodge, catch and duck at the right times.

Do these injuries hurt? Oh hell yes! But the resilience to get through those painful moments depends considerably on who/what caused the injury. In this case these accidents are caused by your innocent babies so you take them in a stride, and wear them as parental badges of honor. You tend to be quiet about these incidents also because somewhere you are guilty of not taking proper caution to prevent them.

My two cents, get a mommy armor suit and enjoy a safe parenthood!

 

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Grandparents are here!

My kids were counting days on the calendar. The countdown was not for the holidays; It was for the day when their grandparents would arrive. For the kids, being with the grandparents is like a trip to a carnival. There are endless piggy back rides, good food, games and the joy of having someone to complain about the parents. “Mom did it grandma!”

Kids know that they will be pampered and more than taken care of. They know that their fuss would be loveably pacified and they will have endless goodies to munch on.

Small grandparentsIn spite of being geographically apart, the two generations are still closely connected.Thanks to the kid’s tech savvy granny who never gives up, and frequently video calls to stay connected.

Kids are cognizant that some rules can be bent when their grandparents are around. There would be more videos to watch, snuggling and sleeping with their grandparents is alright, and some amount of sulking is bearable. Certainly there are some rules they can’t get away with, but the anticipation and association of fun with the grandparents arrival was out of this world.

Day 5 of the countdown

My son asked me, “How does grandma make a sweater from a string? Does she know magic?” “Yes, indeed.” I said, “She has magic that transforms a piece of string into a warm sweater with a cute little puppy  or a dragon on it. She can make whatever pattern you want.” His eyes twinkled with the possibilities that grandma’s knitting could bring.

Day 4 of the countdown

Besides the knitting creations, my kids reminisced about the bed time with their granny, where the story characters come to life, engaging their tiny brains into the mammoth plot.

Talking about the fun bed time, they got into a squabble about who could sleep with granny. So they called her to seek a solution. Granny said, “You both can sleep with me.” The kids were satisfied to get a resolution.

Day 3 on the countdown

The kids thoughts glided towards their grandpa, who shares similar taste in food— mac & cheese, pizza, cookies,  crackers, candies and ice-creams! Yum!! My son came jumping to me and babbled, “ You know mom, grandpa gives me cheese crackers to eat! I smiled to see his excitement. He was thrilled that their food companion would soon be here.

Kids also know that if there is anything of interest in the world, their grandpa would come get them— be it a new bird in our backyard, the big garbage truck, a beautiful duck in the pond or cute little puppies in the neighborhood.

Day 2 of the countdown

As the big day came closer, my hubby felt vulnerable {or what I call he was gripped by parental blues}. This syndrome was caused in forethought of kids gravitating towards their grandparents, and thus fading him from their immediate love zone.

So being symptomatic he asked our son to rank his love for him on a scale of one to ten. My hubby ranked pretty alright at 9, and was delighted. Then our son added, ‘But I love my granny one thousand and even more.’

Bam! My husband’s enthusiasm slowly walked out of the door!

Day 1 of the countdown

The grandparents boarded the flight, while I worked frantically to clean the house and their room to make them comfortable.

I thought that with them in the house, I would be assured that my kids get un-diverted attention, lots of hugs and kisses.I know that they would learn about the values and the culture that would assist them to stay grounded in life. I am confident that their grandparents would fill in the gaps that we parents have left behind in the haste of everyday living.

Day of arrival

Evening of their arrival my husband went to pick them up at the airport, with my son sitting patiently in the carseat. Grandparents arrived with their face beaming even after a long journey; and yes there were lots of hugs and kisses. “Let me give you a young kiss!” said my son to his grandpa. We all laughed.grandparents knit

Our anticipation had paid off!

Blessed are the children with grandparents who go extra mile to connect with their young minds.

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