A reminder I needed: Talk to your kids about not trying to replicate things they see on television.
A good friend of mine here in Lubbock found her four year old son with the mini-blind cord wrapped around his neck; he was purple and struggling to breathe. (It was not the old "loop style" cord; he had wrapped the cord around his neck and tied it on his own.) Disaster was averted because she found him in time, but if a few more minutes had passed it could have been tragic. The little boy told his parents he was trying to "rescue some animals and go down the zip-line like Diego" [of the cartoon Go, Diego, Go]. My friend read of a little girl in Britain who was strangled recently; the family of the girl feels she was attempting to imitate the same thing.
I'm an obssessed freak about such things. I know of two children who hung themselves and died by accident. My children know that robes are not toys around here!
Oh yikes! That is SCARY!!
Good grief! I'm so glad the little boy is alright. It's tough to imagine that happening to one of your own children. Thanks for the reminder!