Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cheers, Thank You, and an Ounce of Prevention


Hello Rice Daddies,
My name is Byron, and I'm happy to be the newest blogger on your site. I am the father of two children, a 2 3/4 year old boy (that's us 2.5 months ago in the picture) and a 4 month old girl, and I work in an industry that has been absolutely decimated by the financial crisis. So if you're feeling pain, I'm probably feeling it too. In addition to my day job, I am also an Asian American activist through Thymos and future fiction writer through my own blood, sweat, and tears. I blog on bigWOWO.com, my personal site, and The Fighting 44s (under the name "jaehwan"). And now I'm officially a Rice Daddy. I'm really happy and honored to be a part of your community.
So for my first post, I wanted to make a public service announcement for people who drive their kids to daycare. The Washington Post published an article this past weekend on parents who accidentally leave their kids in the car: Fatal Distraction. Apparently this phenomena kills 15-25 children a year. I first heard of this phenomena on an Asian American board where an Asian American father lost his daughter, and it's both sad and worrisome. It can happen to anyone.

So please read the entire article, and check out some of the precautions you can take. I personally like the idea of leaving your attache case in the back seat--basically anything that forces you to check the back after parking will prevent this tragedy from taking place. Spring begins on Sunday, and just an ounce of prevention is worth it.

Thanks again for reading my blog post!

14 comments:

The First Carol said...

That was absolutely riveting, pierced my heart, and offered insight into how this can happen. I had no idea it wasn't a lousy parent at the wheel, that it could have been me on a stressed out day with a change in a daily pattern. Thank you Lord, my child has survived to make me the mother of a teenager. Bring on the teenage angst! After reading the article, I'll take all the crises of raising a teen anyday, everyday.

Soccer Dad said...

Yeah that story was heartbreaking!

mgee said...

Ok I know this is petty but I also know your fellow blogger Pierre is a grammar nerd so I better do this for him...phenomena is plural. Phenomenon is singular.

bigWOWO said...

Not petty at all. My mistake. Corrected.

bigWOWO said...

Actually, Pierre might have to help me with this one. If a phenomenonon is a singular event, I may be using the wrong word since it happens 15-25 times a year. "Trend" would probably be better, although it really wouldn't be that either since it's relatively rare.

Someone please e-mail me on what the best word/usage is. I hate to get started on the wrong foot, but I'll fix it and make it right.

Anyway, back on topic--I'd heard of hyperthermia before, but I also didn't realize how deep it went until I read this article. Thanks all for your comments.

bigWOWO said...

Okay, I'm not a grammar nerd, but I've actually changed it back. My defense is this: People say that the media (plural) "IS" biased not "ARE" biased, and I think the word "phenomena" behaves in the same way since the word in this usage treats a collective group as a singular entity.

I see that Metrodad is also a grammar nerd, so I figure someone will eventually correct or validate me...

Tsunami One said...

I too, was shocked at how it could happen to anyone. Memory in a human doesn't work like it does in a computer, and when your circumstances change, so can the function of your recall. Just the thought of what these parents are going through makes my heart break for them. I have no idea what I would do in their shoes.

papa2hapa said...

Welcome, BigWoWo

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's a terrible ordeal to go through, and it could happen to any parent. Who hasn't been preoccupied/distracted at the wheel?

Like the article says, there are certain precautions to take.

For moms who drive their infants to/from daycare, remember to put your purse on the floor of the back seat behind you. It's easy to get your purse, since you just have to open the door behind the driver's side, and it allows you to glimpse at your back seat area even for a quick second.

At my infant son's daycare, I communicate to his caretakers that he gets dropped off (and picked up) at the same time everyday, unless we notify them ahead of time. Some daycares have a policy of calling up parents if their child doesn't show up by 10:30 a.m., and we requested that courtesy call in case this happens.

I hope this tragic incident never happens to any of us!

thisislarry said...

Yes, definitely one more great thing about making it thru the baby phase is not having to worry about leaving the kids in the car. Now the kids sk to stay in the car. With the Gameboy.

Welcomw BigWoWo!

bigWOWO said...

Thanks, P2H and Larry.

Anonymous, that's a great policy. I'm going to talk to my daycare provider and ask them to do the same.

O.W. said...

Byron - welcome to Rice Daddies. Funny to have one of the Fighting 44 as part of this site; I'm not too popular with some your brethren over there but I'm happy to have you in our mix.

bigWOWO said...

Thanks, Oliver, just saw your comment, but I'm back in the mix.

The 44s actually like you a lot; people are sometimes harsh, but in the end, everyone realizes that we're all in this together. People do discuss your work. We at the 44s probably just have to work on our personal communication style! :)

Thanks for the greeting!

kat said...

Its easy to judge these people and condemn them, which is not what I really want to do. Who am I to judge? However, I do think that a common thread would be not truly being prioritized and organized. I honestly think to myself if I could ever find myself in this sort of situation, and I truly with all my heart do not think it could happen, at least I really hope not. I have somewhat OCD systems to remembering important things such as keys, wallet, phone. I cannot imagine putting my baby even in the same category of importance as those. It drives me mad to think that the one woman who left her baby in the car is now trying for another through fertility clinics. It's not as though she let a houseplant die from forgetting to water it. Neglect is neglect no matter if its one time or one hundred.