A Parent’s Responsibility to Protect

17 Jun

Parents Who Protect.  I am proud to be a Parent Who Protects.  I loved my children in my dreams,  even before they were born.  I did all of the things new parents do – read the baby how-to books, took my kids in for their doctor’s visits, took them to baseball, basketball, and soccer practices.  They each got a “thousand kissies” before they fell asleep at night.  The years flew by way too fast,  and I wouldn’t change one sleep-deprived moment for anything!  Being a mom while my kids were growing up were the best years of my life.  I wouldn’t have become a parent if I didn’t want to Protect my Children.

Being a parent means you have a responsibility to keep your children safe, teach them right from wrong, and grow up to be happy and healthy.  You take it for granted that your child won’t get hit by a car, get a terrible illness, that every life event will just fall into place.

Maybe that’s the way I was, and I breathed a sigh of relief when my children started college, thinking that we had gotten through anything bad that could happen.

Then I was struck by a word that will haunt me until the day I die.  Meningitis, which took the life of my beautiful 20 year old son.  I’ll talk more about that in another blog.  But, it made my eyes open up to how vulnerable our children really are, and that you can’t go through life with blinders on, thinking that tragedy will strike someone else and not your family.

I want parents to teach their children good nutrition habits, to use sunscreen, to wear helmets when riding bikes, and the list can go on and on.  I want parents to love their children unconditionally and live each day with them to the fullest, because before you know it, those children will be out of the house. Most of all, I want PARENTS TO PROTECT their children with the best the medical community has to offer, and that includes vaccinating your children against all potentially vaccine-preventable diseases.

Being a parent is a gift.  But with that gift comes the responsibility to protect.  I hope that you will join me as a PARENT WHO PROTECTS.

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2 Responses to “A Parent’s Responsibility to Protect”

  1. autismsciencefoundation June 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Congratulations Lynn on this important new project. You are a role model for parents and parent advocates around the world. -Alison Singer

  2. Casdok June 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    So very sorry to read of your loss.

    As parents we take much for granted.

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