Lebanon Reporter

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January 22, 2014

Minimizing the parenting risks

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In 1992 we were living on love, as evidenced by the fact that we didn’t own a couch, but we did have a baby on the way. So, when we received an invitation for a child safety seminar that included free dinner, we jumped on it. We didn’t mind listening to a sales pitch disguised as a seminar if there was free chopped steak at the end.I had no intention of purchasing anything, let alone a $400 highchair, but hubby was convinced that the “Babee Tenda” was a true need. Not only was it guaranteed to prevent the tipping that would result in the horrifying brain injuries we were shown pictures of over dinner, it also converted into a bathing table, and a chalkboard. Just think how much money we were saving by having these things bundled into one product.

The payment terms were very loose; pay whatever you can, whenever you can, but it must be paid in full before the high chair is shipped. Remarkably, our baby managed to survive her first two years without the Babee Tenda.

Because it was originally intended for her, I considered sending it along to keep her safe while she was doing her internship in Morocco. But instead, we surrounded her with prayer and a good international phone plan. Regardless of how much you protect your kids, they are going to take risks. A summer in Morocco, a year in Australia, a road trip with the guys; if a kid has an adventurous spirit there isn’t much you can do to hold them back. More people fail in life due to lack of love, not because a loving parent cared about their safety. I’m actually glad that hubby is part of God’s OSHA team. Thanks to him, our children are poised for success.

Ginger is an author, speaker and mother of five. Find her on Facebook (Ginger Truitt-Author) and Twitter (@GingerTruitt), or contact her at ginger@gingertruitt.com.

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