That was a close one!
While there are plenty of books and videos on how to be a parent, there is no manual on how to be a perfect one. You can read as much as you want, but ultimately, it’s your decision what pieces of advice you will either follow or ignore when raising a child.
Will you be the type of parent that only lets them eat vegetables and fruits for a year before introducing them to sugar? Will you teach them how to swim before they turn 12 months or wait until they are four or five years? Will you allow them to sit in the front seat before they’re 13 years old? It’s all up to you.
This video shows how important it is for not only lifeguards, baby sitters, and teachers, but parents to be certified in CPR and choking training.
Things Will Happen
You can be the best parent in the world and life threatening situations will still arise. Even when kids aren’t being reckless tater tots, unexpected scary accidents will happen. Security footage from a recent boating show in Houston, Texas shows one of these scary moments, and without the quick actions of this father, things would have gone a lot worse.
The footage shows a child walking near some stands at the boating show before suddenly turning around, doubling over, and trying to cough. He motions to his throat when his dad walks over to him.
When he realizes he’s choking, the father turns the son around and starts to firmly smack his back over and over again. You can hear him retching on whatever is lodged in his throat. Thankfully, his airways clear after a few long seconds.
Damien Martinez, the owner of the footage, recounted the incident saying, “The dad was in complete shock after. Everyone was, nobody could believe what they had seen. It was incredibly distressing. I’m just glad the boy was okay, it could’ve been a lot worse. He was very upset as he walked away with his dad, we were just all relieved that he walked away safely.”
So are we! See the full footage next!