Or may be you just need to never take your eyes off of them.
Along the back of our house runs a cement sidewalk. It's a great place for them to ride their bikes, albeit in single line formation, but it's better than riding on the grass. It's also great for them to push themselves along in their Little Tikes Cozy Coupes.
So I'm sitting in my chair, just off to the side trying to flip through a gluten free recipe book when I look up. There is little J, sweet little J, all prettified in her yellow summer dress and floppy summer hat, straddling the top of the cozy coupe like a frog. To be absolutely clear, she was lying flat on top of the car. The car was being pushed by O at a very fast speed towards the cement wall. I yell out... "Oh My GOD" sorry G... it just slipped out in the moment. I jump up and race towards them as J flies off the front of the coup and lands head first .... fortunately on top of their frog sandbox. She's crying, I'm just about crying cause I stepped on like 10 rocks while I was running. I hold her tight and all I can think of... "what if she had landed on the cement and not the plastic frog top."
I took her inside, calmed her down, hugged her and talked to her about not doing dangerous things like that and explained that she could have been really hurt. As it was, she was lucky she didn't land on her neck the wrong way. I hugged her close again and tried not to tear up.
As mothers I am sure you can all appreciate that one close call that just about scared your socks off, how you feel guilty because if you were watching them just a little closer that would never have happened... like the time J fell off the back of the couch, hit her head and required 8 stitches. Bad mommy. Bad mommy.
My philosophy is that I can't be a hoverer. Nor do I want to, I want to be able to accomplish some other things in my life while I trust them to play. Unfortunately, kids are kids and wild ideas will always enter their tiny, mischievous little brains.
Thank fully, we were lucky this time. Phew. I just thank God he had his hands on them again and pray he continues to watch out for them because Lord knows I need some help.