“Until one has truly loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” — Anatole France
My two passions are keeping our kids safe and my love for animals. And when I saw the news headline “Gorilla killed after 3-year-old falls into zoo enclosure,” my heart was sicken with two powerful emotions: anger and sadness.
This story was so emotional for me that I had to take a break from blogging these past few days. I literally shut myself off from the world. I did not turn on my computer, or read any news until today.
At first, I thought I would delete The Watchful Mom. I did not want to read any more sad stories. I did not want my heart to feel any more anger and sadness.
But instead, I decided I should continue with my passion to keep our kids safe. And since I survived the toddler years without any tragedies, I thought that it might be helpful to share my experience of being a mom. I hope this helps.
- I always asked for help. (There is nothing wrong with admitting you’re exhausted.)
- I never went out alone with my boys. If my husband could not go with me I would ask my sister, or I’d ask a friend to please join me. Toddlers are a handful, and I believe the child-parent ratio out in public places should always be 1:1
- I had a double stroller and my boys never got out of it.
- I taught my boys to never let go of my hand.
- I always took the time to explained to my boys where we were going and how I expected them to behave BEFORE we left the house.
- And BEFORE we got out of the car I reminded my boys about manners and how I expected them to behave.
Kids are so much work. We need to make sure we keep them safe. I’ve seen too many parents let their kids roam freely in public places. It just takes a second for a tragedy to happen. So sad this had to happen….
Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla killed on Saturday (May 28)