5-Year-Old Falls 4 Stories & Breaks 2 Feet, But It's His Mom He's Worried About

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tall buildingA 5-year-old managed to get a window open in his apartment in Pennsylvania the other day, and the little boy fell four stories onto concrete. Don't worry; he survived (phewww). But Jared Collins was much more concerned about his mom than he was his two broken feet!

I'm putting myself in Jared's mom's shoes right now, and I'm thinking she must have been a wreck. Wouldn't you be? But her sweet little guy calmed her right down.

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Says Jared's dad, Justin Collins:

As he was laying there, she was crying. And he said, "Mom, don’t cry, I’ll be ok."

OK, did your heart just grow a few sizes Grinch-style? That may be one of the sweetest things I've heard in awhile. I'm just picturing that little guy sitting there, patting Mom with his little hands while she's freaking out (because really, wouldn't you be, Mom?). 

Apparently he'd been playing with his little sister in the next room when he somehow managed to open a window his parents say was secured. They heard their daughter cry out, went running, and there Jared was, four stories down. And yet, he still had the wherewithal to pull it together for his mom.

Have you ever noticed that kids always come up with the sweetest things just when you're at your wits' end?

I know I'll be ready to tear my hair out, stressing about this or that, and my daughter will write me one of the love notes she specializes in, leaving it on my pillow at night or coming over to where I'm working on my computer and slipping it on the keyboard. Often she'll do it at times when I feel like a pretty crappy mom for being so cranky around her, and I instantly feel better.

Because sometimes things happen. Life happens. We have a stressful day and don't immediately get down on our hands and knees to play with our kids. Or we leave the kids in what seems like a perfectly safe environment, and they get hurt.

But that doesn't mean we're bad parents. If we were, could we really be raising such caring little sweethearts?

Have your kids ever done something like Jared? Gotten hurt and ended up comforting you?


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nonmember avatar Morgan

The other day, my son did a face plant at school, his nose was bleeding and had a huge knot coming up on his head. But he jumped up and said, "I'm ok, mom!"

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

This is a VERY sweet story; what a compassionate little kid! Nothing like that has happened to me personally but that's because whenever my kids get hurt I do everything I can to SEEM calm,cool (yet concerned of course) and not in tears. I think keeping calm on the outside (even though your heart feels like it'll explode any second and you just want to sob and cradle your kid in your arms& make it all better) really helps the kid to also remain calm  and not so scared. I am by no means saying that if you DO cry in front of them you're a bad parent, I'm just saying that this is what I do when my kids get hurt. :)

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

I'm also VERY glad the boy didn't sustain any serious injuries and I hope he heals up as quickly and pain-free as possible! Thanks for sharing this story!

DamicaandSam Starnes

That was nothing but God. It was not that baby's time. What a blessing that he is okay and thinking of his mother instead of himself.

jessi... jessicasmom1

what a blessing I am glad he is ok

nonmember avatar Michelle

When I'm having a bad day, a hug from my 2-yr-old really helps. (She is a double blessing. She's the baby I had after having two miscarriages (not twins), a couple of years before she was born). So a hug from her makes my day...

LeeshaE LeeshaE

@Sarah I am glad you can keep calm when your kids are hurt but have they ever fallen 4 stories? Maybe this mom freaked out at the prospect her child might not survive and the shock of the sudden event. I doubt any mom could keep her composure in such an event. Of course remaining calm is best but not always achievable, as we are all human.

nonmember avatar NoWay

I distinctly remember feeling like a horrible mom (I was an overworked single mom at the time. Then, I saw a card my oldest son made for "The Best Mom in the World" ... I cried on the spot. They were happy tears. :)

Autum... Autumnjean26

I love how you write Jeanne. You're right, just when you feel like a crappy mom, they do something sweet to remind you that you must not be so bad afterall.

MomLi... MomLily67

Kids know wxactly how you feel, because they are still very attached and dependent on us. All parents must make it a rule to get a grip before freaking out.

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