Have you ever managed to hurt or scare your own child? (By accident, of course.) I think it's safe to say most of us have been there at one time or another. I have some pretty cringeworthy memories of several major parenting fails from when my boys were little, including banging my newborn baby into a doorway, giving a toddler a sippy cup filled with mold, playfully leaping out and shouting "BOO!" at a child before he instantly dissolved in fearful tears, and smooching a small child on the cheek only to watch in shock as a giant kiss-shaped WELT appeared courtesy of the capsicum-filled lip plumper I'd been wearing at the time.
For anyone who's had to deal with the soul-crushing sensation of not only failing to protect your child, but actually being the person who caused the damage, take heart -- lots of parents have horror stories that are just as bad (and in some cases, much worse) than yours. Take a look at this it's-only-funny-in-retrospect list of OMG I Broke My Kid moments: