Moms do everything they can to keep their kids safe. However, as children grow from defenseless newborns to defiant toddlers, they grow more reckless and are exposed to more risk. While you can "kid proof" your home to your heart's content, it's impossible to 100 percent protect your kid from every potential accident. Thankfully, however, there are some good reasons for allowing our children to experience an "owie" or two. In fact, there are things your toddler learns when they accidentally hurt themselves, so most accidents truly aren't the end of the world but, instead, a teachable moment.
In my humble opinion, parents need to strike a balance between allowing their children enough room to play and jump and roll around, while simultaneously doing their best to aid their child in avoiding serious damage. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 12,175 children die each year in the United States from an unintentional injury. No parent wants their child to be hurt or to become a horrifying statistic. However, as long as your child keeps the injuries to nothing more than a few scrapes and bruises, those injuries could become a teachable moment and your toddler could learn the following lessons: