Picture this: you're walking along, pushing your baby in his stroller and talking on your cellphone. And then, oh no!, the stroller catches on some loose pavement and flips, sending the baby to the ground. Do you throw your cellphone and, quick, grab your baby? Not Peaches Geldof!
The British TV presenter and model (you may know her as the unfortunately named daughter of singer Bob Geldof?) caused a bit of a scandal this week when photos were published of her yammering away on the phone as her 4-month-old baby lay on the ground, twisted up in the blankets that had dumped out of the carriage with him. Sounds like Peaches needs to learn one of the most important lessons of parenting. Any guesses?
You are going to screw up as a parent because that's life, and life is messy. But here's where the lesson comes in: right after you screw up, you throw everything you have into fixing it because, really, this is your KID we're talking about. Let me repeat that in case it didn't sink in: your kid! A living, breathing human being.
I'm not going to pick on poor Peaches because she hit some uneven pavement. That's one of those things that can happen to any mom. I blame that on whoever maintains the sidewalk (or rather ... didn't maintain the sidewalk).
But what sets "any mom" apart from a "good mom" is how she responds to a crisis. Does she ignore it? Does she half-ass her attempt to make things right? Or does she make sure her child is her number one priority?
Letting 4-month-old Astala -- who is fine, by the way -- lie wailing on the ground while you talk on your phone betrays priorities that are seriously askew. Do you want to know what the other person is saying or do you want to make sure your baby's neck wasn't broken in a horrendous fall? I'm going to go with my baby every time ... because, let's say it again, folks ... the baby is a living, breathing human being!
Screw the phone. I want to make sure my kid is OK. How about you?
Do you think Peaches reacted like a normal mom or does she need to brush up on her response to her baby's needs?
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