My family is a baseball family. My kids love it and my oldest is dying to get into little league. But until I can be certain that the safety technology is up-to-date I will always be one of the white knuckle moms in the stands hoping that my kid won’t get beaned. More
Topic: children’s safety
A moment of mourning for a 2-year-old little girl who was fatally wounded by her 5-year-old brother. While children accidently shooting one another is a unfortunately a recurring story, this little boy wasn’t tinkering with his parents’ unattended firearm collection. Not in the least. This kid had a rifle of his very own, designed specifically for kids. Record scratch. More
The boy’s mother (who reportedly filmed the joyride) doesn’t think the whole thing is a big deal. She bragged about her son’s driving skills just as any other mother would brag about her son scoring a goal in a soccer game: More
Kalli Atteya deserves a space right next to the famously bad ass mom who dismantled prostitution rings looking for her abducted daughter. Kalli not only traveled to the ends of the earth looking for her missing son, but she found him. And all it took was two years, a private investigator, months in disguise, and a motorized cart.
While I hope to never be in a situation where I need to have super human strength, I would like to know if I’d be able to — oh I don’t know – wrestle an alligator to save my hypothetical child if I had to.
Obviously guns and gun ownership is a hotly debated topic to say the least. Asking a parent you don’t know very well about that status of guns in their home has the potential to be all shades of judgey. But as someone who’s always believed in the old adage “better safe than sorry,” I think if a parent wants to know they should feel free to ask. What can it hurt? If the parents do own guns they have the opportunity to explain whether or not their guns are stored somewhere safely. The other parent can decide for themselves if they want their child there playing or not. More
There’s something pretty innately bad ass about imagining mothers and fathers ensnaring child rapists online. During my Mommyish tenure, so many parents I speak to feel utterly helpless in the face of such threats to their families, which is what makes the circumstances of Letzgo Hunting, a reportedly new “vigilante” online group so captivating.
Today, I have trouble moving on from events like the shooting in Newtown, the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, and the pointless and tragic loss of life at the Boston Marathon bombings. Every face of every child that is lost or violated is my daughter’s, and I wrack my brain for answers to the questions she will inevitably have when she is old enough to notice the world around her. More
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In the day following the Boston Marathon explosion, we now know that among the injured is a 10-year-old boy who suffered deep wounds to his leg and a 9-year-old girl who lost her leg. But even among the most gruesome of injuries were the definitively Heroic efforts of the hospital staff, some of whom walked miles to treat these injured kids in a panicked city. More
While Anonymous claims to be sitting on the names and identifies of all four of Rehtaeh Parsons‘s rapists, police are still peeling back the layers on a related incident. In the month prior to the 17-year-old’s suicide attempt (that resulted in her family removing her from life support), her “best friend” was stabbed — and possibly by some or one of the boys who sexually assaulted her. More
I picture answering their questions as best I can, saying “I don’t know” as appropriate, and giving them extra hugs and cuddles today. But my kids don’t know anything about what happened yesterday so I am shouldering this alone without the benefit of a grief download. More
Two explosions, one of which has been confirmed, reportedly went off at the finish of the Boston marathon today. Associated Press reports that two have died and 23 are injured. No suspects are in custody at this time. Today is also a state holiday in Boston, meaning that no children are in school. More
Some months after the Newtown tragedies, authorities are still piecing together why 20-year-old Adam Lanza took the lives of 27 people, including his own mother. But a peek into his own childhood reveals some very distressing experiences at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Ones that his own mother was reportedly “irate” with — and for good reason. More