Mom Shares Horrifying Photo Of Why You Should Never Join Your Kid On A Slide

Some of my fondest childhood memories involved me doing things that weren’t exactly safe, especially by today’s standards.

When I think about the old-school, steel playgrounds we would run and hang around on, or that dragon made out of old tires at Link Elementary that poetically had a wasp’s nest just hanging in its jaws, I think that maybe a few adjustments could’ve been made to keep kids safer.

Although, on the other hand, no one was injured all that seriously, so maybe a little danger is good for children? It’s tough to decide, but what I do know is that the surefire way to suck the fun out of something is to talk about how dangerous it is and get all Mr. or Mrs. Worst-Case-Scenario on people.

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But there are some seemingly innocuous activities that could result in some serious injuries for kids. Take a look at this photo of a mother going down a slide with her adorable one-year-old daughter, Meadow. What do you see?

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If you’re looking at the unnatural angle Meadow’s leg is turning in, then you spotted what’s wrong in this photo.

The baby’s sneaker caused traction on the slide, as she doesn’t understand the concept of keeping her legs straight in front of her yet. As a result, the weight of Clare bore down the slide and sadly, broke her little daughter’s leg.

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Clare wrote about the scary day in a Facebook post, urging other parents not to the make the same mistake she did and, as cute as it is, not to ride down the slide with their babies.

Clare shares her ‘PSA’ every single year, and mentions that it’s one of the most common summertime injuries parents bring their children into the ER for.

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So every year I do a PSA on going down a slide with your child on your lap. When Meadow was 12 months old (I went down with Matthew first, but he was lucky) , I went down the slide with her on my lap and her foot got caught between me and the slide. This picture is the moment her leg was breaking. She’s still smiling… because it was happening at this exact moment. When we went to the ER, the super empathetic 🙄 doctor lectured me on how common this injury is. I had no idea. I thought everyone took their kids down the slide. I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, but since I’ve never seen one (and we go to ALOT of playgrounds), I share this picture every year in hopes that the pain Meadow felt and the guilt that I still feel will save other babies and parents from the same. Don’t ever go down a slide with a baby on your lap. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little.

Predictably, there were tons of parents who were quick to judge Clare for riding down a slide with her daughter, saying that knowing not to do that is pretty much “common sense.”

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In her defense though, I didn’t know how harmful it could potentially be and that so many children get sent to the hospital for it. Inevitably, Clare had to dispel the idea that she was recklessly endangering her child and drive home the fact that this was a freak accident that happens to many parents.

ETA: For all of the common sense posts… it is literally one of the top 3 reasons young children are seen in the ER during the Spring and Summer.

For everyone commenting on how I am holding my daughter. We didn’t start this way. She was centered on my lap. When I realized what was happening, I used my top hand to try to stop us and leaned to release her foot. I wasn’t riding down the slide with her on one side and leaning. That’s “common sense.”🙄

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There are tons of articles and studies out there that stress how common of a mistake this is, and plenty of parents have made that mistake, which either resulted in close-calls or really bad injuries for their children.

Now if you really want to get yourself freaked out, you can check out this list of the most common playground injuries. Some of them actually sound downright horrifying. Like swing sets breaking because of faulty or rusted chains. Imagine swinging your toddler and then all of a sudden they go sailing through the air because of some old chains? Try testing them out first.

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You’ll also want to watch out for “pinch” hazard rides and equipment. They could result in cut or amputated limbs. Yikes.

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Kids also can their heads/body parts stuck in holes that are just big enough to fit through, so if you have a notoriously squirmy youngun, watch out for those.

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Exposed bits of metal and rusty, nails and/or screws can also turn a harmless play session into a visit to the tetanus shot fairy.

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The best thing to be is prepared whenever you take your kid’s out to play. Thankfully for Heather Clare and her daughter Meadow, the little baby bounced back from her injury and is looking happier than ever.

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You can have fun without being an overly-protective helicopter parent, but striking that balance is the challenging part.

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People Are Sharing Their Worst Summer Vacation Fails And Some Are Plain Horrifying

People Are Sharing Their Worst Summer Vacation Fails And Some Are Plain Horrifying

When you’re a kid, summer is everything. School’s out. The weather’s warm. All you want to do is get up as early as possible and spend all day outside sweating up a storm, chilling by the pool, and eating all sorts of sugary, iced treats.

When you’re an adult, summer is slightly less “fun” because you don’t have your folks taking care of everything for you. You have to plan the summer vacation while still going to work and staying on top of your kids to make sure they’re not destroying the house while you’re away.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun, which is why you planned for a family getaway out of town so you can enjoy a new city, some new sites, new food and hopefully new and happy experiences.

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Like all good things in life, however, your summer vacation will ultimately be tested. Things will come and try to ruin your fun and it’s up to you to react to them accordingly and do whatever is possible to make sure that you and your family and friends end up having an amazing time.

Even if you manage to get a see-through bathroom.

Or if you get arrested for accidentally sleeping in a room that doesn’t belong to you.

Because we’re constantly thinking about what to do next and are juggling so many different requests in our heads simultaneously during a vacation, it’s easy to let a few things go unnoticed.

Flying can get a big expensive, so packing into a huge old station wagon that’s prone to overheating is an American family tradition.

This next story is why you should always bring a spare…of anything that’s vital.

And maybe check your surroundings before you relieve yourself.

One wisecrack could definitely ruin the whole family trip, so choose your words wisely.

Just another reason why I hate camping.

This woman’s thread is another compelling argument against camping.

Make sure you always secure your camper.

Maybe don’t mistake Disney characters as pinatas.

If you’re afraid of flying or can’t afford a fancy trip to Europe, just go there on a stick.

Nothing like a broken face to ruin a perfectly nice vacation.

Trash bags are not a good substitute for luggage.

Hurtling down sand dunes is never fun.

Old school camera problems.

Contrary to what you thought as a little kid, scary things were happening outside the closet, not inside.

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This Couple's Horrifying Facebook Post Shows The Dangers Of Walking Barefoot On Beaches

You thought you could relax and kick your shoes off at the beach, huh? Nope. Danger is everywhere.

Young Canadian couple Katie Stephens, 22, and Eddie Zytner, 25, are warning people to really watch where they’re walking barefoot at the beach after a trip to the Dominican Republic ended with a hospital stay. The two told CTV News that their feet were infested with hookworm larvae after a day walking the shore. The viral Facebook post showing the damage has been horrifying everyone who sees it:

Wow, rare to hear a healthcare story where Canada looks worse than the U.S.

You can see how the hookworms got progressively worse and worse in the photos:

Here it is just days later:

 Zytner told CTVNews that though their feet were itchy pretty much right away, they thought it was nothing at first. 

“For a lot of our trip, we found that we were scratching our feet quite a bit,” he explained. “Sand fleas we had heard about so we kind of assumed it was that at first.”

It wasn’t until they returned home and the blisters started to form that they became worried.

“I had a lot of itchiness during the trip,” said Stephens. “I think I might have complained about it a little bit more that my feet were really itchy, but mine didn’t start swelling and everything until about the Sunday night.”

They went to the hospital, and were seen by two different doctors who didn’t recognize the condition. Zytner was send home with nothing more than bandages. It wasn’t until four days after their return home that a hospital doctor who had seen hookworms in Thailand figured out what the problem was.

The couple was prescribed ivermectin, a medicine that isn’t licensed in Canada. They had to send in a special request for it—and their health insurance allegedly told them their hookworm wasn’t severe enough to justify ordering the meds.

 Zytner’s mother drove to Detroit to pick some up for 88 Canadian dollars, which is more inconvenient than expensive. Though to Canadians, spending money on meds probably seems crazy.

They’re both recovering slowly, though they still have to use crutches to get around.

They say they’re sharing their story so more doctors see the condition. 

Hookworms can be caught by stepping in dirt or sand touched by an infected animal’s feces. You might think you’d know if you are standing in poop, but the world is a litter box. 

To prevent it, wear shoes outside, wash your hands before eating, and make sure your own pets are treated. This is definitely not the way that anyone wants to end a vacation.

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The New Yorker's Horrifying 'Cat Person' Story Has Struck A Familiar Nerve With Readers

It’s pretty rare for a short story to go viral these days. It’s not catchy enough. It’s not a meme. Where are the pictures? Well, there is one horrifying picture illustrating Kristen Roupenian’s New Yorker story “Cat Person” of two mouths kissing, but that’s probably not why it’s so popular.

The story itself is pretty simple. It’s about a girl named Margot, who is 20, meeting a guy named Robert, who ends up being 34. The two meet at her job, flirt, have one terrible date and bad sex, and then part. The tale is told from Margot’s perspective, and shows the confusion of being a young women trying to figure out men. At a certain point, it’s very clear that Margot doesn’t want to go through with having sex, but she does anyway, not knowing how to extricate herself from the situation. 

What seems to be striking most people, is how familiar it all feels:

But there are lots of people who don’t get the story, especially men, who feel if the genders were reversed, everyone would hate the story. There’s even an entire Twitter account just dedicated to guy’s reactions to the story. Many seem to think it’s actually a news article, which is very weird:

There are also people who object to the portrayal of Robert’s body in the story as fatphobic:

“Cat Person” is evoking a lot of feelings, so it’s clearly touched a nerve in people. 

You may not think it’s good, but this is a story that has meant a lot to a lot of people. Though it is a little disappointing that it’s not about an actual person made of cats, in my opinion.

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Chrissy Teigen Shared Her Horrifying 'Half-Naked' Hotel Employee Story And It's Hilarious

My fondest memory ever of a hotel is when I convinced my wife to smoke weed for the first time and we hotboxed the shower at the Borgata, got insanely high, had crazy sex for an hour straight, and then went and destroyed the buffet downstairs.

Good times was an understatement.

It wasn’t good times for whoever had to clean up the room afterwards, and even though hotels are “supposed” to be places where you go all out, that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel bad and a little embarrassed for the hotel employees faced with cleaning up after us.

But as humiliated as I was, I don’t think I can top Chrissy Teigen’s embarrassing story – because she had to face it in real time.

And although Teigen gets half-naked for a living, it’s kind of different when you’re carrying your baby and fearing for your life during a hectic fire drill.

During the fire drill debacle, Teigen’s mother (@pepperthai2) had some very serious concerns as well.

The whole thing was very disconcerting for Chrissy.

Thankfully, she uploaded a video for her followers, letting them know her and her mom were OK.

Even supermodels don’t like fire drills.

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