Update 01/05/2017: There are some who believe this video was faked. I’m not sure why anyone would do such a thing, the benefit would have to outweigh the Parent Shaming they endured, or they completely miscalculated the rewards and/or response.
Has everyone seen the video of the 2 year old who lifted a dresser off his twin brother? I was first alerted to it by former ChicagoNow blogger Jenny Milkowski who posted the video on her FB Page.
Even before I watched the video, I knew what to expect:
Judgemental Comments from Know-It-All members of the That-Could-Never-Happen-to-Me clan.
- “Where were the parents?”
- “How could they not hear anything?”
- “I would never leave my kids unsupervised”
It doesn’t help that many of the news outlets covering the story don’t relay all the available facts. Not that anyone would read them before spouting off an opinion. Most people just watch the video and fire off their two cents without reading any of the pesky facts.
The story is that the kids (Bowdy and Brock Shoff) woke up and were playing in their room while their parents were sleeping. This is very common with twins or kids who share a room at this age. They have each other and can do more without the watchful eyes of parents.
Apparently when the parents woke up and checked on their kids, they found them playing in the room but the dresser was tipped over. They reviewed their nanny cam and discovered what had happened.
The Shoffs were “initially hesitant to share the video but decided the issue of bolting furniture was too important to ignore.” They also imply a higher power was involved with helping Browdy move the dresser off his brother Brock.
I’m not saying the Shoffs are candidates for Parents of the Year. They know they fucked up and that is one reason they shared the video: To hopefully convince other parents who don’t think that dresser or TV Stand is any danger, to think again.
It’s practically impossible to watch your kids 24/7 and attempting to do can be more harmful then not doing so. If you have small children (or even just one) you are likely always in a sleep deficit.
Here’s something that is much more helpful than McJudgey comments that do not add anything to the discussion…a Childproofing Checklist from the International Association for Child Safety
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