Is your treadmill a danger to your kids?

Boxer Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter died Tuesday after her neck apparently got caught in a cord dangling from a treadmill at her Phoenix home.

Police said Exodus either slipped or put her head in the loop of a cord hanging under the console and suffocated. She was pronounced dead just before noon after being on life support, said police Sgt. Andy Hill, who called the injury a “tragic accident.”

While absolutely tragic, some statistics suggests it’s not that unusual.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports:

“…almost 5,500 youngsters under age 5 were treated in emergency rooms in 2006 and 2007 for treadmill-related injuries, according to statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

“Most had cuts, bruises and scrapes, primarily on the hands or fingers; one child’s injury required an amputation. Thirty-two percent had their hands caught in or on the treadmill, in some cases suffering serious friction burns.”

“Consumer Reports researchers noticed burns were more likely to occur with treadmills than stationary bikes and elliptical trainers, said Gayle Williams, deputy health editor for Consumer Reports. The CPSC data shows treadmills and bikes, along with stair climbers, are the home exercise devices that pose the greatest hazard to youngsters.”

” ‘I think people forget, when they get comfortable with the equipment, that it’s heavy machinery, and it can be dangerous,’ Williams said. ‘Kids don’t belong on the equipment when it is in use or otherwise.’ “

In the same article a pediatrician says he has seen other fatal cord injuries.

CNN reports:

“About 1,000 children under 14 die of unintentional strangulation each year, 88 percent of whom are under 4 years old, said Larry Stone, founder of Safety Matters, a company that specializes in childproofing homes.”

“Stone said injuries involving treadmills were fairly common, but said he had never heard of strangulation involving a treadmill.”

” ‘All injuries are preventable. There are ways to babyproof your home,’ Stone said. ‘I think that largely it is a matter of taking care of the more straightforward things … making sure there are no cords from the windows hanging and certainly keeping the child in view.’ “

This is the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night. I am so afraid of accidentally running over a child with our mini-van or the blind cords wrapping around their necks or them falling down stairs. Stupid, senseless injuries or death!

My husband thinks I scare them with constant warnings about things like don’t stand in the chair you could fall or don’t stand on the monkey bars.

My friend posted on her Facebook account this morning that she was slowly heading toward her treadmill machine. I know she is a very good mother, but I quickly sent her a note about the Mike Tyson story and warned her to keep her daughter away from it.

Did this story make you worry about your own treadmill or exercise equipment in your home? Do you close off the door where it sits or is it in the basement or a bedroom where the kids have easy access?  Do you think it’s a danger to your kids? What other household equipment stresses you out?

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Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 27th, 2009
9:21 am

The other one that worries me is the humidifier — I’m so afraid that I will forget to get it out of the kid’s room in the morning and someone will electrocute themselves playing with it — or even at night when they have it in their rooms

Kathy

May 27th, 2009
9:35 am

Our treadmill is tucked into a corner of the basement. I never use it when Little E is around. When we got the treadmill, we told her that it was Mommy’s and she was not allowed to touch it ever. That was enough for her. She has never been a child that is constantly into things she is not supposed to be into. The only babyproofing I have had to do is put those plastic things into the outlets. She has always been fine with her toys and stuff. Theresa, I have worried about the humidifier as well. We don’t leave it on over night and I take it out of her room during the day, just to be on the safe side. My husband does not like to leave the ceiling fan on in her room at night either. I generally don’t worry too much about Little E getting hurt, except for the basement stairs. We have a ranch on a basement and we don’t go down into the basement a lot. Little E has always been a little wobbly on stairs (since we don’t use them a lot) so I am very careful when we go down to the basement. I myself am VERY clumsy and have fallen down the last couple of basement steps 3 times in 7 years!

JJ

May 27th, 2009
9:39 am

My treadmill is at Gold’s gym…..I don’t have room for one at the house, so I just joined a gym…..

sd

May 27th, 2009
9:40 am

Theresa, I am like you. I am constantly imagining the absolute worst thing that could happen and I probably am scaring my kid a little.

But I am terrified by the stories like this one and the ubiquitous “Parent Runs over Child” stories.

I am getting a little anzious even thinking about it now.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 27th, 2009
9:40 am

That new study actually found ceiling fan a good thing in babies’ rooms — keeps the air circulating and can reduce SIDS for small kids — I understand all that but I don’t like the air blowing on the baby — Michael leaves ceiling fans on all the time in the kids rooms. It always gives me a crick in my neck.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 27th, 2009
9:54 am

When we living in Manhattan like 13 years ago, I can remember this teenage mother on the subway with one of those walkers that nobody uses anymore because they are such a danger — it’s the walker with the wheels that were pretty much replaced by the stationary exer saucer — i couldn’t help myself — I had to make sure she knew that it was dangerous. She had no clue.

nurse&mother

May 27th, 2009
10:07 am

Another danger is the cords that hang from blinds. I am always cautious of anything that has a cord or loop which can be a hanging hazard. I don’t let my toddler play with any string or rubber bands (or anything that could hang him).

That is very sad about Mike Tyson’s daughter. His family has my sympathy. I can’t even imagine my life without both my children.

Denise

May 27th, 2009
10:20 am

I am so sad for Mike Tyson’s family. I can’t even imagine.

I know it’s a balancing act for parents. On one hand you want children to explore but know there are some things in the house (or anywhere else) that the must not touch. On the other hand, you want to protect your children from any and every danger. Teaching safe practices without raising paranoid, unadventurous kids is hard to do. I was one of those paranoid kids (my mama is paranoid about me getting hurt even now) who never did anything exciting. I’d not even climb too high in a tree so if I fell I wouldn’t break every bone in my body, poke my eye out, etc. I’m scary even today!

God bless yall who are doing the best yall can possibly do protect your family from injury. I pray that when I become a mother I will be able to create the balance you all are.

Parent

May 27th, 2009
10:20 am

How about outside the home, here is one to watch out for. Yesterday I was turning a corner in a subdivision and turning onto a very short steep hill. Two young boys (12-14) , were sitting down on their skateboard going down the hill. Had they been further down the hill, I would not have been able to see them and would have likely hit them. To top it all off – no helmets. Frightening.

Tara

May 27th, 2009
10:21 am

Theresa I AGREE with you. My biggest fear is running over ANY child with my SUV. I feel HORRIBLE about Mr. Tyson’s daughter because my inquisitive daughter is also 4. I hope the Tysons will use this tragic accident to promote child safety. Lord knows that we all need it.

jct

May 27th, 2009
10:24 am

This is a very sad story. His family has my sympathy.

I, like some of you, worry about the blind cords. Each morning I go through the house to make sure that the cords don’t mysteriously dangle in the middle of the night.

Yes, stepson is 18 and knows better but I have done it for such a long time that I don’t know if I could stop if I tried. Sad…I know.

JJ

May 27th, 2009
10:26 am

OMG, I was one battered, bruised and broken bones kid. I was fearless as a child, and ran with boys. I played football, hide & seek, kick the can, rode bikes, played tag, ski’d, sledded, etc…..I have had stitches so many times, I have lost count. (We had the emergency room on retainer when I was a child, I was on a first name basis with most of the nurses). I have had pins in my elbow, I have fallen off bikes, out of trees, off swingsets, etc. I have swam with dolphins (way before it was popular), run with Elk in the Rocky Mountains, gone caving, etc. There was no danger when I was a kid……my mom was a nurse, so we heard horror stories, but that was other people. We were invincible……

Becky

May 27th, 2009
10:29 am

I’m am so sorry for Mike and his family..If you read what he said, it makes you want to cry..Or at least it did me..

We ever had any problems with our two getting into a lot of stuff that others did..I never babyproofed anything..The boy one time messed with the electrical outlet and got his hand smacked pretty hard..He never did that again..

They will be 7 the end of June and we let them walk on the treadmill with us..They both know that only when we are right there with them do they touch it..Same with anything else in our house that is dangerous..

Krystle

May 27th, 2009
10:30 am

My 6 year old was on the treadmill and somehow the key on the string popped back and hit him in the side of the eye. He now has two cuts and gave himself a blackeye….that’ll look good on the awards ceremony pictures. No idea how all that happened, but no more treadmill til they can buy their own!

Andrea

May 27th, 2009
10:45 am

This is a sad story. Unfortunately, these stories are constant reminders that being vigilant about safety precautions is 24/7, 365. I have fretted over EVERYTHING. I worry about safety all the time. I worry that I have forgotten to turn something off, put something out of reach, move something, checking to be sure everyone is in the SUV before I back out. It never ends. This story will make me “amp up” the safety talks with my children.

Posters on another site are blasting the mother calling her negligent. I truly think this was just a horrible, horrible accident. Any parent can attest to the fact that things happen in an instant. Many ER technicians would agree. It doesn’t make you a horrible parent. Sorry, the last paragraph is off topic, but I just had to say it.

Becky

May 27th, 2009
10:46 am

JJ, that’s to funny..We were the same way..I have a huge scar on the bottom of my foot from landing on a broken Pepsi bottle while out playing softball barefoot..I’ve had a broken collarbone and a couple of sprained ankles and goodness knows what else I could list..You still have to let kids be kids and that can be tough at times..

gb1205

May 27th, 2009
10:50 am

Guess what? EVERYTHING is potentially dangerous if misused. Stop worrying so much and teach your kids what they can and cannot touch. Yeah, they may disobey occasionally, and possibly die, but that’s life and death. I feel horrible for anyone who loses a child, but you cannot make everything 100% safe so get over it. Should we have rubber pencils so if they fall while carrying them, they won’t get hurt? Make padded streets so if your little angel falls off his bike he bounces? The biggest problem with the last and current generation is lack of courage because of all this nannying crap – its ok to get hurt occasionally! it makes one tougher, wiser, and keep in mind the only way limits are found are when they are broken. Prudent precaution, yes! But I’ll bet my dog some politician has hearings or puts up “treadmill” legislation by the end of the week.

Becky

May 27th, 2009
10:50 am

No Andrea, your last paragraph isn’t off topic that much..No matter how much you watch the little ones, they can still get into jsut about anything right in front of your eyes..

I’m sure that there are lots and lots of things that we all do ( or don’t do) that someone would consider it being a bad parent..

JJ

May 27th, 2009
11:02 am

I’m more worried now with an 18 year old driver, than I was with a toddler getting into stuff. I never baby-proofed my home either, she knew what was off limits.

As for the blind cords, simply roll them up and stick them in one of the upper slats….I still do that, because my cats like to sit in the windows. Also, make sure they are not tied. Mine have two strings, that just hang loose……I’ve also been know to cut them, and re-tie them at a shorter length……

K

May 27th, 2009
11:11 am

Ours is in a locked room. The only time it is unlocked is when myself or my husband is in there.

Andrea

May 27th, 2009
11:16 am

GB1205, I have to disagree with you somewhat. I don’t think anyone wants to have his/her child living in a bubble, but the answer certainly isn’t letting them break every bone in his/her body (that’ll teach them!).

There isn’t a panacea for not getting hurt. Parents worry, and this topic gave parents to share some common concerns. It doesn’t mean the parents are hovering over their kids with a first aid kit, an ambulance, a life flight helicopter, and a personal physician on call. It just means that parents worry. As much as we lament it, the fact is things are much different now. The laissez faire days of yesterday are certainly gone.

Who knows, maybe a tip shared today can help babyproof someone else’s home. So, have a group hug and let’s sing “We Are the World”. All together now……..

anonymous coward

May 27th, 2009
11:17 am

That’s why we don’t allow children under 12 on the weight floor in the gym. ALL of the equipment can be dangerous for everyone, not just children. The adults sign a release and are taught to use the equipment properly; when we see someone not using it properly one of us will immediately help them and teach them how to use it. Unfortunately it’s not always possible to observe every nook and cranny in your home with kids running around.

To Parent: I understand your concern, but kids are kids and play in the subdivision streets and there is nothing wrong with that. It is up to YOU to remain vigilant, and SLOW DOWN and PAY ATTENTION. I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in mine some people seem to think that there is no speed limit and don’t slow down enough to be able to react to kids running out into the street. Now *that* gets my blood boiling…

Paige

May 27th, 2009
11:21 am

I have a treadmill but specifically bought one that cannot work unless a magnetic “key” is plugged in. I keep the key in a totally different room in a place that kids don’t know where it is and don’t have access to the key. The key also serves as a safety feature because it has a short string (I know, I know . . . . it is a short string and one end disconnects from magnet when pulled) you can attach it to your waistband so if you do have any sort of issue – lose your balance, fall, pass out etc. that treadmill will stop. I also keep it unplugged and folded unless I am using it plus have an extra safety strap around it so that if they do manage to disengage the folding mechanism – it still won’t fall. Kids are banned from room when I am on it – peace and quiet for mommy and for safety. I have had several neighbors with kids taken to ER with treadmill burns from playing on them – they can be scary. Our houses are all filled with things that could be hazardous – cleaners, medication, knives, toilets etc. etc. and then there are cars, pools, boats the list goes on and on but you just have to use common sense and make it as safe as possible and watch your kids carefully. There are so many things that can happen to kids even with tons of safety precautions. I feel bad for the Tyson family, losing a child is one of my greatest fears!

Rick

May 27th, 2009
11:26 am

You people worry about everything. Here’s a news flash…pretty much EVERYTHING in the home has the POTENTIAL to be hazardous to our children’s health. You do the best that you can. educate the youngsters and scold the really young ones if they get near it. But to walk around like Chicken Little and make your children live in a glass jar is irrational and impossible. I have three children ages 3, 4 and 6. I make sure everything is where it should be, lock doors when necessary and make sure they know not to even approach the item. But I will not live in an unreal, oh, my god, “what could happen” environment, nor will I reduce my children to pansy, scared of everything people. The world is FULL of what “could happen”. Education, enforcement and re-enforcement is the key. Us parents are supposed to TEACH our children, not shield and eliminate everything that could cause harm from their lives. They won’t know how to deal with anything or make decisions if we do that.

Rick

May 27th, 2009
11:30 am

When things do happen, it’s usually when we don’t tend to our responsibilities, put limits on where kids can go and what they do. Parenst today just let kids do whatever they want, with no restrictions and then wonder why things happen. We TEACH our children right from wrong, admonish them when they make the wrong one and we don’t do that by eliminating all situations where they might actually have to make a decision.

not a parent but still concerned

May 27th, 2009
11:35 am

I’m not a parent, let me just start by saying that. But I believe the cord hanging from the treadmill is the one that is supposed to go around your hand so if you slip and fall it pulls from the treadmill and turns the machine off. My boyfriend has a niece who will be 4, I love her to death, and I do see her doing something like this, not knowing it could cause harm. I feel very sorry for the Tyson family, no parent should ever have to see their child die. But I do wish we knew more information on this “cord hanging from the treadmill”. Because if it was that cord meant to turn the machine off incase of a fall or whatever then it should have detached from the machine, and if not then there was a fault with the machine.

There are lots of things that a deemed “dangerous” now. You can’t possibly protect your kids from EVERYTHING! Just try to protect them from the most dangerous of things. I know I might be singing a different tune when I have kids of my own, but sometimes kids need to know what happens when they shouldn’t be doing something. Without error, there is no experience to learn from. I know I’ve heard many parents say “I want better for my kids”, which is fine, but maybe a few nicks and scratches aren’t such a bad thing. Do I advice children running on treadmills…after this story…no way ever! It’s a tough balanaceing act and I applaud all the parents out there who are doing the best they can. For the Tyson’s, this was just a really sad freak accident…

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Valstake

May 27th, 2009
11:41 am

After reading everyone’s posts, I feel it must be a miracle that I survived childhood; my mother was obviously seriously negligent. How can it be I’ve never had a broken bone, have no scars, wasn’t snake bitten, didn’t drown, etc.? Mother used common sense and didn’t obsess over safety issues… plus, I guess I always obeyed her injunctions.

Peri

May 27th, 2009
11:43 am

When my daughter was 5 or 6, she busted her head while playing on a neighbor’s treadmill. Her gash required a trip to the ER and a dozen or so stitches but, fortunately, she wasn’t hurt as seriously as Mike Tyson’s daughter.

My thoughts and pryers go out to the entire family of little Exodus Tyson.

ksj

May 27th, 2009
11:45 am

I never left a four year old out of my sight
For this reason
YOU NEVER KNOW

Goldenlady

May 27th, 2009
11:46 am

I don’t have kids or pets, but I read this blog b/c I want kids maybe someday soon. I just hate the look of blind cords. I have always folded my up in a large binder clip and then dropped it behind the blinds next to the window so that it didn’t show.

CartersMom

May 27th, 2009
11:53 am

It is sad to hear that people would actually blame the mother. This is just a horrific accident and I can only imagine the pain they must feel. I hope I never have to experience it.

I am a mother to an adventurous 15-month old. He is already inquisitive about EVERYTHING – electrical outlets, steps, opening cabinets – you name it. Our house is officially Fort Knox, with stair gates, outlet covers, door gates, toilet lid locks and cabinet/drawer locks. I will admit having a toddler makes you paranoid to a crazy level, because you begin to see everything as a possible source of harm. Honestly, with a toddler you just can’t turn your back on them. We let him have fun, but we also monitor him constantly.

So funny that you guys mention humidiers and ceiling fans. We keep a humidifier in his room nightly, and that doesn’t scare me at all. However, I just can’t allow myself to leave a hot vaporizer going all night. It gets so hot, and I’m just paranoid it will burn him or start a fire.

I will admit that keeping your toddler safe can truly be mentally exhausting!

Dave

May 27th, 2009
12:02 pm

It’s sad to say that things like this happen in the real world. They are called accidents. When I was young, we rode in the back of the pickup..STANDING UP, drank from the faucet, played with BB guns, camped out…without adults with us, stayed outside until the streetlights came on, rode bikes to the lake, actually SWAM in that lake and even ate a bug or two after a dare. I’ve had broken bones, skinned knees, gaped by barbed wire and crashed into a tree trying to jump my bike over three trash cans. We accepted that sometimes, you’re gonna get hurt and parents didn’t collapse from horror when we walked up a little bloody. Things, however, will happen. My parents implored us to make good decisions and we got spanked when we disobeyed. But we weren’t coddled, no helicopter parents and we grew up fine….and better adapted to this world than the sniveling messes of today that can’t handle a splinter, let alone barbed wire.

Nadia

May 27th, 2009
12:05 pm

I don’t have a treadmill, so I cannot answer those questions.

I do not think I worry too much about what my kids can get into. I do the usual baby/childproofing, but that is about it. I do worry about children climbing furniture with something heavy on the top (TV) that could kill them if it fell over on them. I have a small strangulation anxiety, so I am careful about our cords in the house. Oh, and I do freak a little about them getting burned by things cooking on the stove. I just use the back burners when possible.

I feel horrible for the Tyson family. At four years old, a child does not have to constantly be in the room with a parent (my opinion, of course…I have a four year old and certainly do not follow him around or make him stay with me in our own house). Things happen so quickly.

Theresa, I hate to say it, but the problem with those walkers is lazy parents, not that the walkers are dangerous. Parents used them as babysitters and did not supervise their babies while in the walker, so after many injuries, they are deemed DANGEROUS. They are not dangerous if you watch your child while they are in it. I just looked it up on-line… “Why Walkers are Dangerous” Look what I found “They are generally used in the 2- to 4-month period after a child can sit up and before he can walk without assistance. But by giving a child added height, a walker suddenly brings him within reach of hazards such as boiling pots, electric irons and unprotected electrical cords.” Seriously?????? That is what makes them dangerous? Boiling pots, electric irons, etc…I think all of that is code for unsupervised baby in a walker. I could go on and on about this. I just get sick of people blaming products when it is really the parent. I am only using the walker as an example because Theresa mentioned one. This applies to most baby/child gear. (((I know walkers are not to be used much because of developmental issues with the baby, but they are so fun for babies. Apparently, the older models, the kind we would have been in as babies, were poorly designed and babies did get hurt from the walker itself, but the newer models were structurally safe.)))

I am all for keeping my children safe, but I also let my kids be kids.

Jen

May 27th, 2009
12:08 pm

We’ve got a treadmill but there’s no looped cord hanging from the console – just the main power cord that goes from the bottom of the machine to the wall. This cord is very thick and barely bends. I would like to see pics of machine and cord to really understand the danger. To be sure my two little ones can’t turn it on we keep it unplugged with the main power switch off and also keep the safety plug (which automatically stops the machine while in use if it is removed) out and away from the machine. Lately we’ve been keeping it folded up as well, but that’s more for aesthetics than safety.

Dave

May 27th, 2009
12:14 pm

Amen, Nadia!

motherjanegoose

May 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

We do not have a treadmill and I do not have small children at home now. Terrible accidents can happen and it is tragic. Losing a child is something I cannot fathom.

What I wonder is how the rest of us “old folks” made it safely. I rode my bike ***at five years of age*** about 1/2 mile alone to the corner store to get things for my mom who did not drive and had my baby sister at home. We lived in the suburbs of Chicago. I would NEVER let a 5 year old do this today.

I wondered about letting my ( now) 17 year old stay at the resort pool alone last week, while I had a meeting in Florida. She was fine but I think we sometimes obsess over things our parents never even considered to be an issue.

Where do we draw the line? How did we make it…JJ ( now that you are over the hill and I am right behind you LOL) lakerat and DB please share your thoughts on this.

Photius

May 27th, 2009
1:01 pm

I can understand concern however Freak Accidents sadly do happen. Many parents transfer their own fears to their children, now the kids pick it up and retain the same feelings. Death at all ages will happen regardless in spite of how careful we all are.

Tyson’s daughters death, although very sad, is a freak accident.

Nadia

May 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

Slightly off-topic, but was this discussed here last year?
http://www.nysun.com/editorials/why-i-let-my-9-year-old-ride-subway-alone
It is the article a mom wrote about letting her nine year old ride the subway alone.

JJ

May 27th, 2009
1:52 pm

I have ceiling fans all over my house, and they run 24/7. I ususally switch the blade direction in winter, and run them on the lowest setting. I have to have circulating air at all times. It just keeps the house fresher. And with these lower temps, all windows are open too. We sleep with all the windows open at night. Sometimes I even leave the sliding glass door to the deck open at night, and just shut the screen.

I don’t worry about someone breaking in, we have dogs, and they bark if anyone comes near our yard…….so I’m not worried……

nurse&mother

May 27th, 2009
2:47 pm

@ Rick, Dave, and others. While we all did so many things when we were young that kids don’t do today, it was a whole other world back then. Not to mention a lot of ignorant parents. I really think there is a happy medium (between helicopter parents and letting your children learn their lessons).

If one can help prevent catastrophic accidents involving one’s children, but chose not to, then one would be negligible. A little caution goes a long way.

lakerat

May 27th, 2009
3:14 pm

I grew up the child of a governement employee so we moved quite a bit – GA, FL, Al, GA FL and finally back to GA – I went to 2 different kindergartens, 3 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 HS, 1 college, and 1 graduate school. At age 5 I was in the yard with a bunch of other kids – one threw a rake handle (no rake end, just the handle) into the air – not sure what I was thinking but I failed to move and it came down on my head! I went running home with blood everywhere – my mom was looking out the window and all she saw was blood all over my neck and shirt – she thought someone had slit my throat!

Three years later (in the third grade) we moved to Atlanta (for the 3rd time in those 8 years) – this was the first time I was to ride a bus (previously, in AL, we walked to school. That first day, being independent, after school I just went and got in a bus line – as another bus pulled away, I saw my two sisters faces looking at me from that bus! So, even though it was my first day at a new school in a new city, I started walking home (we lived in the Emory area, I went to Fernbank Elementary). Not sure how I did it, but I got to North Decatur Road and made wrong turn – I successfully navigated the crossing of that busy road and eventually made it home. Fast forward 3 more moves and 14 years and I survived several near death experiences in both HS, college and grad school! I was even in a holdup in Miami during my first job post grad school – the police asked me what kind of gun the perp had and all I could say was “big”.

I am older than dirt now, but I am still here – I continue to worry about my kids, though one is out of college and the other is a SR in college. They are both bright, yet still adventureous. Life is too short as it is, but you just can’t help but try to take care of everything for them, even though, intellectually, you know you cannot do anything to prevent anything that “happen” to them.

Denise

May 27th, 2009
3:37 pm

Nadia made a comment “I do worry about children climbing furniture with something heavy on the top (TV) that could kill them if it fell over on them. I have a small strangulation anxiety, so I am careful about our cords in the house.”

It made me think of a story a friend of mine told me. His 2 oldest kids (no older than 8 at the time) climbed on the TV stand to turn the channel and the TV fell down on them. They weren’t hurt…not a scratch. Fast forward to when the parents came home. The fussed at the baby sitter (who was in the bathroom when this happened) and didn’t think to fuss at their children. I asked why they shifted the blame to the sitter and all he could say was “I didn’t think of the fact my children were doing something they shouldn’t have been doing.”

This, to me, is an example of parents not holding their children accountable for their actions (even if you’re 5 you know better than to climb on a TV stand). Kids can grow up thinking that whatever happens, happens and someone else will get in trouble anyway. That does not teach kids jack about responsibility and, in this case, safety. (Fortunately these kids are growing up to be very disciplined and obedient while being allowed to explore and enjoy childhood.) Like everyone is saying, parents, family, etc. have to prepare the kids as much as they can and pray that they use their “learning” in all situations and circumstances.

DB

May 27th, 2009
5:38 pm

My heart goes out to the Tyson family for what is, ultimately, a horrible accident. Accidents happen. As aparents, we think we can protect our children from all threats if we are just a little more vigilent, but that is ultimately a conceit, and assumes that you are the smartest person in the world and a fortune-teller on top of it.

That’s why they call it an “accident”. Life is what happens when you are making other plans — we do our best, cross our fingers, and pray.

April

May 27th, 2009
6:18 pm

Theresa, I am with you. I come up with new things to worry about everyday.
We have always been careful about the treadmill. We unplug it when it is not in use, and the kids know that it is for adults and is not a toy. However, I know that a friends kids play on theirs all the time!
I have wondered about the cord, as well. I am assuming that it was the safety shut-off cord, but that begs the question, “Why didn’t it shut off?”
I know that you can not guard against every danger. I also know that I survived – somehow – while doing lots of dangerous things. Still, I worry.

deidre_NC

May 27th, 2009
11:07 pm

my deepest heartfelt sympathies go to the tysons..what a tragic horrible thing to happen. they sure dont need any of us casting blame..im sure they will second guess everything they did forever.

i am a worrywart too..i have tried not to make my kids the same. when i was a kid it was like others here described..after breakfast and chores we were gone not to be seen again til supper time. and we were in the woods..in the creeks…at the shopping center…at the pool…wherever…wlaking–on our bikes..and yeah we got hurt. and yeah we had stitches and casts…

my kids have had the same. my last child (the one who is graduating :(() was my biggest thrill seeker dare devil..(she was the 5th so by default had to be tough as nails lol) anyway..when she was 5 and i was telling her something she wanted to do was dangerous she said ‘mom-theres a 50% chance i will get hurt-but theres a 50% chance i WONT get hurt..what as i supposed to do sit around when theres a good a chance i wont get hurt as there is i will?? well i couldnt argue with that logic…she has lived to the ripe old age of 17- and is all in one piece and has had a wonderful exciting thrilling childhood.

Martha

May 28th, 2009
6:28 am

People, people, people….How many of us raised children back in the day when there were no baby-proof caps for everything in the world? No plug covers, no stair gates? yada yada yada We watched them to be sure they were safe…they didn’t wander all over the house, unsupervised. And when they did get into something they shouldn’t have, we popped them, and good. Too many of today’s parents don’t supervise and when they do finally get around to a corrective action, it is after 30 minutes of—”stop that” “don’t do that” “I’m gonna beat you if you do that” “quit” “you know you ain’t supposed to do that” and on and on and on.

The problem here is the mother was not watching this child, plain and simple. It is a horrible, senseless tragedy that did not have to happen. And I am truly sorry for the family and the child.

Also, if this woman was Mike Tyson’s girlfriend, one night stand, whatever….she could not have been too bright. Think about it. Would YOU have a Mike Tyson baby? Perhaps she didn’t have enough sense to monitor her children.

jose

May 28th, 2009
7:21 am

people, treadmills are for adults, not children. i feel for mike tysons family and i wish them comfort in their sorrow. this was a freak accident, just like many others that occurr in everyday life. last month in destin, a gust of wind picked a sand umbrella up out of the sand,it flew over 25′ and landed next to my head while i was laying out on a lounge chair. by the time someone yelled “look out” the spear part of the umbrella, had landed in the sand next to my face. i opened my eyes and saw the spear part fly by as the umbrella landed. i told one of the attendants,(at the hotel), he told me it happened 5 years ago and the spear went thru a mans chest, he lived, but just like me, i will be more aware of my surroundings, especially when i go to the beach…

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
8:15 am

We have seen the umbrella episode happen many times…scary stuff!

Martha, I agree that way too many parents threaten and never follow through. This is a big problem with today’s parents and a rampant one at that.

Fxlopovo

June 22nd, 2009
6:38 pm

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