PROTECT YOUR MOST PRECIOUS ASSET
Doors lead to danger...
Your toddler is smarter, faster, and even more curious than she was as a baby. Do you know how to keep her safe?
When Amy Murphy stepped into the bathroom for a quick shower, her 2 year-old daughter, Kharis, was happily watching her favorite video. When she walked back into the living room ten minutes later, Kharis was gone - and the front door was open, despite the fact that it had been secured with a dead bolt.
Luckily, Kharis had only wandered a few feet from the house before her mother found her. "Just thinking about what could have happened makes me feel sick. What if she had wandered into the street?" asks Murphy, who lives in Dallas.
I can relate to Murphy's panic. I experienced an even more terrifying incident when my daughter. Taylor, was 2. While were visiting relatives, she opened a sliding glass door (a skill I don't know she possessed), walked outside, and fell into a hot tub. It was sheer luck that she didn't drown -- my sister-in-law, only moments later, decided to go for a dip and was able to rescue her.
Copyright © 1999 Holly Robinson. Excerpt reprinted with permission from the June 1999 issue of Parents Magazine.
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