Mom of Sick Baby Stranded at Sea Only Did What She Felt Was Best for Her Kids​

lyra charlotte kaufman rebel heart ship rescueA few days ago, 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman made headlines after becoming seriously ill on a sailboat stranded 1,000 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. After word spread that Lyra was dramatically rescued by the Navy, the public's gloves came off on the little girl's parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman.

As the couple noted in a statement, many questioned the parents' decision to sail with their young family, including not only 1-year-old Lyra but her 3-year-old sister Cora.


The Kaufmans defended their decision to sail with their children:

... please know that this is how our family has lived for seven years. And when we departed on this journey more than a year ago, we were then and remain today confident that we prepared as well as any sailing crew could.

Acknowledging that "the ocean is one of the greatest forces of nature, and it always has the potential to overcome those who live on or near it," they note:

We are proud of our choices and our preparation. While we are disappointed that we lost our sailboat and our home, we remain grateful for those who came to our aid and those family and friends who continue to encourage and support us.

Given the Kaufmans' explanation, the criticism that continues to abound sounds nothing short of naive and cruel. Like all parents, the Kaufmans were simply doing what they felt was natural for their family. It wasn't as if they had no experience doing this sort of trip. Having lived on the ocean for seven years, I'm sure they had been through their fair share of challenges. It just happened that this was the first time a hazard of this nature struck.

Like all parents in their own way, the Kaufmans were simply doing what they've always done and doing it as responsibly as they possibly could. Let's be real: Whether we like it or not, the reality is that children could fall ill anywhere. Not only in the middle of the Pacific. And furthermore, no parent can control every aspect of their child's environment, whether they're sailing in the ocean, driving a car down a suburban road, or taking the subway in a busy city when trouble strikes.

That said, more parents should be able to relate to Charlotte Kaufman than judge and blame her (as if what she just went through wasn't horrible enough ...) for something that was out of her hands. Any mom has been or will be in her shoes at one point or another, unable to flip a switch and make everything perfectly safe and comfortable for your child. Terrifying? Of course! But a reality every parent -- no matter their lifestyle -- has to face at one point or another all the same.

What do you think about the backlash the Kaufmans are facing? Have you ever been in a similar situation, where you were blamed for a circumstance out of your control that affected your child? 


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