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The Casualties of Parenthood

By Lori Garcia |

Ever notice how absolutely hazardous parenting is to your physical well being? I’m surprised our insurance premiums don’t go through the roof the second our babies become toddlers.

Parenting a toddler is by far the most dangerous adventure I have ever experienced. Can you relate?

The danger falls into two distinct categories I will examine here:

Danger to You

This post would just be plain old irresponsible if I failed to mention the head-butt. I could write the next great American novel on the perilous head-butt but I’ll offer the abridged version here.

Every toddler possesses the innate ability to throw their head backwards at lightning speed INTO YOUR FACE. Happy, happy, happy, BAM! Head-butt to the face and you’re left with a fat lip or a shiner.

True Story: It was the day before my 10 year high school reunion (Go Chargers!) and I was playing with my eldest who was 3-years-old at the time. Happy, happy, happy, BAM! He head-butted me right under the eye and I ended up with a black eye. UH MAH GAH, a freaking BLACK EYE on the eve of my high school reunion! Can’t you just see it, “Hi! This is my husband and my big old black eye…it’s not what you think.” I invested in some heavy pancake makeup and looked all kinds of theater-flawless for the occasion, but it was not my proudest moment. While I’ll take my street cred wherever I can get it, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Danger to Themselves

As we all know, it is our primary responsibility as parents to save our toddlers from themselves.

While toddlers need close monitoring in everyday life, our eagle eye is required in the event of a full blown tantrum. This brings me to the backwards head-whip (a variation of the head-butt, really). Full-blown tantrums typically entail a toddler whipping their head backwards at warp speed as you dive in slo-mo to catch it before the ground isn’t so forgiving. And if you think that swift head save isn’t going to cause you any harm; think again.

If only parenthood came with specially designed protective gear that allowed freedom of movement and came in a lovely array of fashionable colors. Hmm, Mommyfriend protective gear, I like it. It is a damn good thing toddlers are such little people because they sure find a way to hit the ground about a thousand times a day. Once our toddlers become mobile we all go through the motions of baby-proofing things like stove knobs, electrical outlets and table corners but danger lurks behind every wall, flagpole and curb. If you can hurt yourself on it, they’ll find a way. Heck, even if you can’t hurt yourself on it, they’ll still find a way.

And so we press on, armed with our first-aid kits and reassuring hugs for when it all goes wrong as it so often does. I am proud to report that to date we have only ever ended up in the E.R. one time on account of an injury and I better not have just jinxed myself there.

Toddlerhood is a wondrous time filled with laughter, tears and a boat load of band-aids. Our toddler experiences leave an indelible mark on us as parents, yet our children seem no worse for the wear. Like all things, this time will pass much too quickly. Your crazy toddler is an amazing creature, ready to experience life without fear; maybe we can all take a lesson from the toddlers in our lives.

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About Lori Garcia


Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The Casualties of Parenthood

  1. @SAHDandproud says:

    I have 2 corkers. One a lower back problem due to carrying my son on my shoulders. And another, a knee injury which caused by repeated soft play sessions and too much time on the bouncy castle.
    My kids are fine. :-)

  2. Maria says:

    When my daughter was 3-4 she was sitting on the edge of the bed watching tv with her brother, I was laying behind them and all of a sudden my daugher decided to throw herself back and her head landed on my face, more precisely on my mouth/lip, we had to go the ER because I was bleeding alot & I thought I needed stitches, when the Dr. came he said it was a deep cut but no stitches needed. Before the Dr. left, he asked me to tell him what happened, I told him, he looked at me very serious and said “anything you tell me is confidential” so tell me exactly what happened? so I said, what I told you is exactly what happened, my husband did not hit me. He repeated again, you can tell me the truth, and I repeated again, I told you what happened. It was pretty embarrasing, but I guess he was just doing his job!

  3. Bonnie says:

    In my family of 5, 4 of us are pretty clumsy! Your post inspired me to write a blog entry.

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