Mom's Powerful Confession About Leaving Kid in a Hot Car Proves It Could Happen to Anyone


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It's that time of year when headlines about young children and hot cars begin popping up in the news -- tragedies that leave parents thinking about the unthinkable. That's almost what happened to Britta Eberle. Almost. The blogger behind the popular site This Is Motherhood shared a photo this week on Facebook of her toddler, who'd been forgotten in the car amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy summer day. The accompanying message is one that's quickly gone viral.

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The Eberle family arrived at a friend's home, and the child was left behind in the car because each member of the family thought someone else had grabbed her.

"...No one remembered her," Eberie writes in her post. "And she sat for about twenty minutes crying alone before one of us grabbed her. It was such a small mistake but it could have had devastating consequences."

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The little girl is luckily doing just fine. But Eberle decided to share her story anyway as a wake-up call to other parents about how easily mistakes can happen.

"I usually think I'm a good mom," Eberle writes. "But I made a huge mistake today and I feel terrible. There are no excuses for what I did. And part of me doesn't want to share this. I don't want the world to know how badly I've failed. But then I think that I have to share this. I have to own up to my mistakes. I have to tell the world how far I am from perfect. And how if I did this, anyone could do this. And that scares me but also makes me judge a little less and makes me pay attention a whole lot more."

More from CafeMom: 'I Left My Baby in a Hot Car': One Mom Shares Her Tragic Story

Got that? Judge less. 

Not surprisingly, the comment feed has already filled with people who are horrified, shocked, and appalled that a parent could accidentally forget a child in a car.


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In other words, plenty of folks refuse to believe the unthinkable could ever happen to them.

Hopefully it won't. But moms (and dads) make mistakes. We do things imperfectly. And at the end of the day, Eberle has some wise words for them: Forgive each other -- and forgive yourself!

"We are always so much closer to the edge than any of us realize," she writes. "Hug your babies tight and practice forgiveness. Forgive those that make mistakes, even if the person who you need to forgive is yourself."

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This applies not only to leaving a child in a hot car, but to anything we do accidentally or because of circumstances that we can't control (think not breastfeeding "long enough," or losing it and yelling at our kids).

We all have those stories and regrets. Most of the responses on the This Is Motherhood Facebook page are actually not judgmental at all. In fact, they're flooding in from other moms brave enough to fess up to being perfectly imperfect parents: 


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We can't change things that have already happened. But we can change how we treat moms afterward -- especially how we treat ourselves.

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