Here's a reminder that kids are not just cute, they are capable -- when we trust them with real-world skills. This piece is by Cathy Free (great name!) in The Washington Post, who begins:
The day after 9-year-old Shailyn Ryan learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver at a “Home Alone” kids safety class in her Massachusetts town, she looked up and saw her friend turning blue.
It was during lunch in the cafeteria on May 1 at Marguerite Peaslee Elementary School when Shailyn suddenly felt a hand grip her left shoulder.
Her good friend and soccer teammate, Keira Silvia, 8, held a hand to her own throat and her face rapidly turned red, then blue. Keira was unable to speak, but Shailyn knew she was choking.
Shailyn leaped from her seat, stood behind Keira, tipped her friend slightly forward, then wrapped her arms around her waist. Making a fist with one hand and grasping it with her other hand above Keira’s navel, she then pressed as hard as she could into her abdomen, pushing upward as though she was trying to lift her up.
Long story short so you don't hold your breath and turn blue, too:
Almost immediately, a hot dog piece that Keira had been choking on popped up from her throat.
Woo hoo! The article then reminds us of what could be the Let Grow mantra:
Parents of the girls, school administrators and teachers in Northborough now have a message they'd like others to hear: Children are capable of much more than they're often given credit for.
If your child -- or a child you know -- rose to the occasion in an emergency (major or minor), please tell us the story!
Photo by cyclonebill.