Moms are used to doing a million things with their kids in tow. From folding laundry while their baby plays on the bed to cooking dinner while toddlers sit underfoot, we manage and make do.
But one of those typical multitasking moments turned terrifying for Australian mom of two Bec Crombie, who blogged about how she "almost killed [her] daughter" that day:
It was like any other regular afternoon of ours, which includes me in the kitchen prepping dinner with Nylah playing with cups and pots at my feet. I had peeled and chopped the potatoes, placing them in the pot and the knife back on the board, when I took one step to the left to remove the husk from the corn. As quickly as I had briefly stepped away, Nylah had stood up and grabbed the board from the bench. Which resulted in a 20-cm knife falling and narrowly missing stabbing her in the face.
Thankfully, everyone was OK and Nylah "wasn't even left with a scratch." Still, it left Bec in tears, thinking about what could have happened. Up until that day, Bec wrote, her daughter had never tried to grab the bench. "It shocked me that she could even reach."
Instead of keeping the near accident a secret, however, she felt compelled to share her story and implore parents to remain especially vigilant in not just the bathtub, pools, and parking lots - where we know things can happen in the blink of an eye - but also in the kitchen.
"I've copped so much sh*t in the past for being a helicopter parent, or one that is overly cautious," she wrote. "Truth is, it can happen to you. They are labeled 'accidents' for a reason. They are purely accidental, freak occurrences. Children are determined, inquisitive, and lightning-speed escape artists. Children are so quick, and we can really never be too careful."