Supermodel Heidi Klum saved her child from drowning over the weekend when she and bodyguard boyfriend Martin Kristen pulled her son Henry and two nannies from the angry sea of Oahu, Hawaii. A riptide swept the three out into the ocean, and immediately after seeing what happened, Klum and Kristen sprang into action, helping to pull the trio out of the water. Klum said: "We got pulled into the ocean by a big wave. Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water. Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We were able to get everyone out safely."
I'm sure this was one of the more heart-stopping moments of parenthood for Heidi. Seeing your child being pulled out to sea has to be the scariest thing on earth. But that doesn't mean you should stop your kids from playing in the ocean, or doing other "dangerous" things, because, well, you don't want to raise a nervous, neurotic freak.
As parents, it's our job to worry. And it's our job to know what's going on in the world -- who's getting injured from what; what the new carseat rules are; what toys are dangerous. But it's not our job to freak our kids out and completely shelter them. I'm not saying drop your toddlers off at the beach and go get your nails done, but I am saying: It's important to use common sense and trust our instincts.
Of course, Heidi had to let her kid play in the ocean. I mean, if you're going to go on a beach vacation, you best let your kids go in the water. But be nearby, and keep a watchful eye. Hover from afar, if you will.
And, you know, if you can, have them go in with two nannies. Although, clearly, that doesn't always matter.
Glad everyone's safe.
Do you hover over your children? What kind of parent are you?
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