The 7 Scariest Moments in Every Parent's Life

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Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can go through. It's impossible to even put into words what it's like bringing a little bundle of mess, er, joy into this world and watching them grow up.

Along with the rewarding part, however, comes fear. Kids aren't the only ones to get scared, you know. Since the little buggers don't come with any sort of instruction manual, there's a lot of trial and error. Hopefully, there's a lot more trial and success.

Fear is only natural when you're dealing with your most precious "possessions." Fear of losing them temporarily or forever just comes with the territory. But there are a lot of very specific moments in a child's life that can scare the bejeezus out of any parent. And I'm not just talking about doctor bills. So let's take a look at 7 of the Scariest Moments in a Parent's Life.

Undergoing surgery - No matter the reason, having your child undergo surgery is frightening. Heck, even super minor surgery is scary if anesthesia is involved. The scariest part? That insanely long wait between the moment your child enters the operating room and the second the doctor walks out.

Gone in 5 seconds - You're at the mall on a Saturday night and the place is hopping! Little Freddie's been fairly good while you search through pair after pair of sunglasses. You try one more pair on and go peek at yourself in the mirror for all of 5 seconds. When you turn back, Freddie's gone. Even if you find him 2 seconds later, that initial "OMG WHERE IS HE?" reaction is certainly heart skipping.

School shootings - The day of the Newtown shootings, my heart was racing the entire drive home on my commute. It didn't actually slow down a bit until my kids finally came home from school and were wrapped in my arms. Even when a horrific act like this happens halfway across the country, it signals instant fear that it could be happening that very second at your children's school.

School Absence - It's always reassuring when your kids' school calls in the morning to report your child being absent. If they're home sick with you, bundled up on the couch watching cartoons, well, it's good to know that they're missed. But uh, what happens when the school calls to report an absence and your child's not at home? You sent him to school this morning, so where is he?!? Hopefully, it's just a technical error from the school, which unfortunately does happen.

Choking - From hotdogs to soft pretzels, a major fear of many parents is having their child choke. Their windpipes are pretty small and they're always running, talking and eating at the same time. It's the perfect formula for choking, actually. So the second your kid stops talking and starts coughing loudly, your first thought is, "He's choking!"

High Fever - Running a temperature is one thing, but once the numbers start hitting 103 and up, you tend to get a little worried. When it's 105, you're really getting concerned. And if it hits 106, that's when things are really scary. That complete feeling of helplessness as nothing seems to bring your child's temperature down.

Home alone for the first time - In the hospital after your baby is born, you're surrounded by family, friends and most of all, nurses and doctors. But once you're cleared to head home with your li'l rugrat, things massively change. Whether you have family stay with you for hours or days, that one moment where you and your spouse are home alone with your newborn, and you realize that you're alone with him or her... yeah, that's a bit eye opening. Scary? Yes. But at least it's a good scary.

What's the scariest moment you've had as a parent? 

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nonmember avatar CrystalMP

Both of their first "BIG" boo boos my oldests was a cut on his ear from hitting the entertainment center at my moms, he was still bleeding when I got there to assess the situation. My youngest fell off of the bed and hit his face on the bed side table, when I picked him up to console him there was so much blood I seriously thought he was goingto die but a few stitches later and he's just fine

mamma... mammadeeder

The scariest moment I've had as a parent was when my 10 month old was born and was very sick. Not knowing what it was and if he would even live was so beyond terrifying. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and after 12 days in the nicu, he came home!

Stephanie Caldwell

Number 1 is so so true! My LO was only a week old and they needed to put a central line in to continue her antibiotic treatment--very minor surgery for a children's hospital whose surgeons are renowned for separating twins...still anesthesia was involved and it was gut-wrenching!

nurse... nursemama88

My baby having a seizure. I work as an ICU nurse and see a lot of things. I can work in a code blue situation clear headed and calm; you talk my child having a siezure and all my nursing calmness goes out the window. It is a horrible feeling.

tbruc... tbrucemom

Agree with all of these but obviously this list is designed for smaller children.  Being the mother of a 26 year old and a 17 year old I can add the following: when they start driving (may be the biggest worry of all), when my son joined the Marines, my daughter going away to college. I know these are part of growing up but I swear it was easier when they were younger and I had more control over their safety (or at least had the delusion to think I did)!

Melis... Melissa1508

Great article, Andrew!  I agree with all of these!  And @tbrucemom, my daughter is only 5 but I already worry about letting her drive!  LOL

rose6572 rose6572

When my 8 yr old son  was riding his bike - flew over a homemade ramp, lost control.  He landed on a handlebar-- right on his rib.     911 training kicked in (how, I don't know)  but i checked him before helping him up.  (I was the bad mom in his eyes because I did not pick him up right away - no matter how many times I explain that he cold have had a broken rib)  KIDS!

RenFa... RenFairMaiden

Twice when my daughter had seizures before she was even 2-years-old. Another time when she became unresponsive at school and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance...again.

Merrideth Sykes Spreier

The day my son called me screaming "Mom!!!" into the phone when he wrecked his truck. It's been 3 1/2 months, but I don't ever think I will stop hearing him screaming in my head. It was horrible.

nonmember avatar Erin

When my 20-month old son got bitten by a black widow spider while playing in his sand table. The ER visit was scary enough, but when the poison started running through his system six hours later and he was shaking, screaming and convulsing, that was far worse because there was nothing else we could do for him.

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