Warning! Parenting is Hazardous to Your Health

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When you first become a parent, no one tells you just how hazardous the job can be. You likely will not be aware of this part of parenting until at least toddlerhood. Then, once your child is mobile, be prepared for anything. Most parents worry about their child getting injured, yet we never really think about the fact that we can become injured while being a parent.

My husband first discovered how hazardous parenting can be when our 2-year-old shoved a 2-inch toy sword in his ear and punctured his ear canal. Thankfully, he did not have any permanent damage, but it took a while for the pain to dull and the inner ear ache to subside.

It turns out that my husband isn't the only one who has experienced parenting mishaps and injuries. Check out these stories!

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“Piper has cut my husband's eyeball with her fingernail twice. Once while they were both sleeping and a year later during a diaper change. He had to wear an eyepatch for a few days both times.”

-Kit Jenkins, The Carrying On Project

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“While trying to stop Brianna from getting off the boat, I sliced my leg open, resulting in seven stitches.”

-Sybyl Weinmann Lancaster

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“I was playing tag with Logan and twisted my ankle. After a week of not being able to walk on it, I finally went to the doctor. I had torn two ligaments. [It] required two months of physical therapy.”

– Jennifer Harris, mom of three

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“A couple months after my receiving a nasty concussion, my daughter accidentally hit me in the head with an Etch-a-Sketch while I was resting on the couch. This resulted in another (mild) concussion and a golf-ball-sized bump on my forehead.”

-Kristin Kudarauskas, mom of two

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“When I was 37-weeks pregnant with #3, I took the kids to the park. I was running around with them like I wasn't pregnant (Hey, I felt great!!!!), and I broke my ankle. Needless to say, I delivered my baby with a broken ankle.”

-Nicole Joneic

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“My son threw a 10-pound weight while he was jumping/dancing on the couch and hit me in the head. A few stitches and a black eye.”

-Rachel Borman, mom of three

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“My dad (so, grandpa) was doing ‘gymnastics' with Arden. He tried to do a headstand and pinched a nerve in his back or something. Despite surgery, he still has a foot drop on one side and has to wear an AFO.”

– Rachel Giffith, mom of two

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“I broke my big toe while trying to pull two big kids apart that were wrestling. This required 16 weeks of crutches and surgery with a titanium plate and four screws. Ouch!”

-Kim Marion, mom of three

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Warning! Parenting is Hazardous to Your Health

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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