Readers — I found this note so interesting:
Free-Range Kids: Iâ€™m a big believer in your philosophy, which I do my best to apply in my work as a nanny. I check in just about every day, and am always thrilled to find fresh reassurance that Iâ€™m not the only person who worries the world has gone insane.Â
That being said, Iâ€™ve never contributed anything before, but today this headline caught my eye on Consumerist. I (perhaps ghoulishly) expected something a little more dramatic, but after reading the story I found myself wonderingâ€¦ what am I missing? I might be reading into this too much, but some of the wording in the article seems rather strong for a toddler toppling face first off a table. He was â€˜savedâ€™ by a â€˜heroâ€™ security guard? It was certainly lucky that the gentleman was there to catch the child, but even if he hadnâ€™t been things probably would have worked out okayâ€¦ right?
And this story made the news here from Poland? Nothing else happened in the world this week that trumps a child falling two and a half feet? I understand that news comes in all varieties, both major and minor, but this seems a little overblown. Also, when I clicked back to the original source, I found this quote even more strange:
â€œThe spokesman added that along with saving the child from almost certain injury, Mr Paczek may also have prevented the family from missing their flight.â€
Havenâ€™t these people ever heard the old saying that babies bounce?
I donâ€™t know if any of this will be of use to you, but I thought I would pass it along. â€” Liz Perez
Lenore here: While not all babies bounce on all surfaces, I share Lizâ€™s concern that when tiny stories like this become news, they seem to reinforce the idea that kids are uber-vulnerable at all times! This, in turn, reinforces the idea that the only good parents are the ones who never take their eyes off their kid. But Iâ€™m also pretty this only ran only because there was video available AND because the dad looks so nonchalant while the Good Samaritan â€œsavesâ€ his child. Media simply cannot resist that one-two punch: Bad parent/thank God for someone GOOD nearby — and video at 10!
P.S. WordPress users: A question. Every time I embed the video in this post, I can see it on the preview, but it doesn’t show up when published. Any idea how to fix that? I paste in the embed code while in “text” mode, as I always do. Hmmm.
P.P. S And NOW I’m seeing two copies of the video, but none on my preview. Vexing!