Is it possible to be an overprotective parent? It seems there is some arbitrary line from being a normally protective parent to being overprotective. I don’t know if I crossed that the other day when I took my 14 month old to the ER.
I was getting his bottle out of the fridge when I closed the door and noticed him screaming. Usually that means he just really wants his bottle really bad. Then I realized, to my horror, I had closed the door on his left thumb. And it was in the hinge part, not the soft rubbery part of the door. Immediately I opened it up and picked him up into my arms and held him while he whailed.
The first logical thing to do was to call my wife (she’s much better in these situations). I burst, “I think I broke Benjamin’s thumb!” There was silence. Usually that means I’m in trouble. This time, though, she spoke softly, ‘Well, you’d better take him to the ER and get it checked out.’
“The ER?!” I didn’t like the idea of sitting for hours with a screaming baby waiting to get an X-ray. But I quickly got him together and Aimee met me at the hospital.
We didn’t even have to check in when we walked in. A doctor happened to be available and looked at it right away. By this time, Benjamin was cooing and in a good mood (he likes car rides).
“Doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong with it,” the doctor said almost immediately. “Baby’s fingers are so small and mostly tissue, it’s really difficult to break, so I doubt there’s any damage,” he continued. I felt a little sheepish, as Ben was now playing with the doctor’s stethoscope.
“Are you sure?” I inquired. I just had to be sure the trip wasn’t for naught.
But in the end, I felt like an overprotective parent. Fortunately, my wife who is so understanding told me she was glad that I overreacted than find out later that something worse had happened.
What will I do when something really bad does happen?
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