The Fourth of July and fireworks—it’s hard to think about one without the other. And it’s no wonder. The tradition is as old as the country itself. On the eve of the first Independence Day, founding father John Adams predicted future generations would celebrate with “Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one end of this Continent to the other.”
A colleague of mine was all set to write this Mother’s Day blog. She had her first child three months ago - a beautiful healthy baby boy - and was excited to share her thoughts on her first Mother’s Day. But then the reality of being a brand new mom set in - sleep deprived, new routines, all the standard questions like “When do they start sleeping through the night?"
Have you ever seen a bike train? Picture lots of excited little kids perched on bicycles, scooters, skateboards and anything else with wheels, anxiously awaiting a signal from a parent or teacher to start pedaling and rolling to school.
But Emmett is not alone. According to the National Poison Control, 3,500 children each year suffer from a button battery accident. Eleven deaths have been reported. That’s why I want to share our story. To help other parents learn about button batteries and how to prevent similar tragedies.
I never knew that a TV or piece of furniture could be dangerous to kids. Before the accident, we secured our flat screen TV to the wall in the living room. I didn’t know that we should also secure our old TV in Brandon’s room or even the dresser on which it stood.
Sometimes it takes traveling more than 7,000 miles to get a fresh perspective on something you’ve been doing for more than 25 years. That’s what happened to me in December when my colleague, Alexis Kagiliery, and I traveled to Doha, Qatar to conduct a technician certification.