Wow -- a 5-year-old little girl in Ohio is being hailed a hero this week after saving her Dad's life when she found him unconscious on the bathroom floor in their home.
Little Kaelyn Evans was home with her two younger siblings when her dad, Anthony, started feeling sick -- and ultimately wound up blacking out. Kaelyn found her dad collapsed on the floor, and the poor little thing knew something was very, very wrong -- and even admits that she thought he was going to die. (Can you imagine how scared she must have been?)
But instead of panicking, she took action, making a move that was so simple but turned out to be a matter of life and death for her dad.
Take a look at this video clip to hear about this little girl's brave actions that saved her father.
Aww! What a little doll! Even though she must have been terrified, she was so smart to pick up that phone and call her older sister -- something she knew how to do all because she'd watched her dad do it so many times in the past.
And it really got me thinking -- would my son know what to do if he were faced with a similar situation? I mean, he plays with my iPhone all the time, but I don't think I've ever actually showed him how to make a phone call. And I know I haven't taught him how to call out on our land line.
I always figured it was best not to show him -- because then he'd get a hold of that phone and be wanting to call people all the time. And I've also worried about teaching him how to call 911, out of fear that he'll confuse a typical kid crisis, like a lost Lego piece, with a real emergency -- and then I'll get fined by the town and humiliated beyond belief.
But if a 5-year-old little girl is smart enough to know how to properly use a phone in a serious situation, then my 7-year-old is too. So I plan on sitting him down this weekend and giving him instructions on what to do if he ever needs to get help and there is no other adult present to assist him.
Teaching our kids what to do if they are faced with an emergency may not only be a matter of life and death, but I'm sure knowing how to proceed also keeps them calm and helps them feel less scared, since they aren't totally powerless if a moment like that should occur.
When you look at it that way, we're almost doing them a disservice by not showing them how to pick up the phone, call for help -- and possibly save a life in the process.
Do your kids know how to use your phone?
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