snow fort

There is nothing more devastating than a parent losing a child -- especially when it happens just before the holidays. I honestly feel sick to my stomach after hearing about a 10-year-old boy who died after getting trapped in a snow bank while playing with his friends earlier this week.

The boy was reportedly building a snow fort with a friend near his apartment complex in western New York, when suddenly the snow collapsed on top of him.

Other children at the complex rushed to his aid to pull him out, but sadly, he passed away last night as a result of his injuries.

Ugh. This is just nothing short of horrifying. As someone who lives in the northeast, I watch my own kid and several others play in the snow all the time -- and it just seems like such an innocent and harmless activity.

In fact, just the other day, my 7-year-old was telling me how badly he wanted to build a snow fort and was asking if we could go out and buy the things he'd need to get one going in our backyard. I never thought much of it, but after hearing about this terrible accident, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about letting him build one.

And another thing -- this story is so sad no matter how you look at it, but the fact that this boy was 10 makes it even tougher. At that age, parents don't worry as much about letting their children play alone outside because we trust them to know what's safe and what isn't.

But who would've ever thought playing in the snow could result in such a tragedy?

Hug your kids a little tighter tonight. And don't be afraid to sound like an overprotective, paranoid mom or dad before sending them outside to play. Reminding them of possible dangers and having them roll their eyes at you is better than having the unthinkable happen.

Have you ever worried about the snow being dangerous?

 

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