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Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 6:43 AM
HAUGHTON, La. — A video of a boy comforting his baby sister is warming hearts across the country.
A video shared to Facebook by mom Danielle Davis of Haughton, Louisiana, shows her son quietly rocking his sleeping sister in his arms when she wasn’t feeling well. The video was viewed more than 2 million times on Instagram.
“The kids adore each other,” Davis told “Good Morning America.” “He can always make her laugh. They are siblings, so they have their moments of jealousy, but that’s to be had. Ninety percent of the time they really very loving toward each other.”
Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:54 AM
WARR ACRES, Okla. — An Oklahoma boy is recovering after suffering a serious injury in a restaurant bounce house.
>> Click here to watch the news report (WARNING: Linked video includes graphic images.)
A trip to an Incredible Pizza location in Warr Acres on Nov. 5 ended with the Lambert family’s 5-year-old son Bentley, who had been playing in a bounce house, asking if he was going to die.
Incredible Pizza, known fully as America’s Incredible Pizza Co., shows on its website that it offers both food and entertainment at its restaurants, listing a bounce house among the number of attractions.
Shali Lambert spoke to KFOR about her son’s condition and said that, while he is on a long road to recovery, it was immediately clear to her and doctors how serious it was when a hook inside the bounce house came loose and tore into the child’s arm.
A hook inside of a padded wrecking ball came loose and seriously injured Bentley.
“He was screaming, ‘I’m stuck!' I just remember picking him up, and I had to unhook the clip and slide it out of his arm,” Lambert said. “He was asking if he was going to die. He saw all the blood in his arm, and so he was asking if he was going to die.”
The child had to be rushed from the pizza place to the hospital, where doctors performed an emergency surgery. The boy’s arm has since been sewed up, but he may have to undergo physical therapy and additional surgeries in the future.
“No kid should have to go through that,” Bentley’s mother said.
It’s not clear at this time if the cost of the child’s surgery will be covered by the company, but its insurance company is involved.
Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 6:24 PM
— A parenting story on the Girl Scouts of the United States of America website is discouraging parents from forcing their daughters to hug relatives at holiday gatherings -- and any time during the year.
Titled, “Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays,” the Nov. 2 article says encouraging young girls to go give a relative a hug or kiss as a greeting can lead to compromised views of consent.
“Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she ‘owes’ another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life,” the article said.
Girl Scouts parenting expert and developmental psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald explained the impact of telling young girls, “Go give your relative a big hug!” or “Give them a big kiss!”
“The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn’t pertain to children, but the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older,” Archibald said.
Archibald said that unfortunately, people who prey on children exist and young girls need to be taught at an early age what consent means and how to get help if their rights are violated.
Comments on the organization’s Facebook post of the article were mixed.
“No girl is going to seriously think she has to get physical with a guy to be polite, just because she had to give Aunt Betty a hug at Christmas when she was little,” one woman wrote.
“Our kids deserve to decide what they do with their own bodies,” one mother commented. “Forcing them to give hugs takes that away from them. Sure, teach kids to be respectful. But give them choices for how they show affection.”
“Please,You have gone overboard. One, no one MAKES a child gives a hug. Two, Don't assume physical affection leads to negative behavior,” a self-identified senior scout wrote.
“Of course we all want our kids to be loving and kind,” another mother wrote. “But doing something that doesn’t feel right to them just because an adult wants you to is wrong.”
“Boys don't owe hugs either. I only ‘made’ my kids hug and kiss my dad 1x...it was the day before he died...other than that, never have made them hug or kiss anyone if they weren’t wanting to,” another Facebook user commented.
Published: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 6:05 PM
PUYALLUP, Wash. — A Washington mother is sharing the heartbreaking details of her infant son's death to warn other parents and prevent another accidental death from occurring.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Jordan DeRosier explains how her 7-month-old son, Sloan, died on July 3. She says she put him to bed with two blankets, and when she went in the next morning to wake him, his head was caught in one of the blankets. His body was ice-cold. The blanket became tangled in the bed rails and her son’s head got stuck inside the blanket, DeRosier said.
(DeRosier is pictured with her older son in the July 4 Facebook post.)
Family and first responders attempted to revive Sloan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
In her post, she warns and pleads other parents: "You never think it will happen to you. You never think it will be your baby. Please do not put your babies to bed with a blanket."
She ends her post by saying, “Please learn from my world shattering mistake.”
DeRosier also decided to go public about her son's tragic death because she said anti-vaccine activists were blaming her son's death on vaccines, so she felt the need to set the record straight.
Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
WASHINGTON — A couple is thanking their daughter for a surprise their family will cherish for generations.
Jennifer and Timothy Bing tied the knot 38 years ago in Maryland, but all the photos from their wedding were destroyed in a fire at a pharmacy.
“I felt devastated. That’s the only wedding I had,” Jennifer Bing, 65, told ABC News.
Her daughter, Ashleigh Bing, decided to surprise her parents with something unforgettable for their 38th anniversary on July 7 — new wedding photos.
(Click link in bio) Imagine one of the most important days of your life coming and going and you not having the photos you thought you would once it was over. . . That's exactly what happened to my parents, Timothy and Jennifer Bing. It was their wedding day, July 7, 1979 and the excitement was at an all time high. Being on a budget, after just purchasing their first family home together, they decided to have friends document their wedding day instead of hiring a professional wedding photographer. The day was amazing just as they hoped it would. They felt confident in their decision as they witnessed friends and family capturing the day as it unfolded on their own 35mm cameras. . . . In the following days, the newlyweds dropped off the film for processing at Rodman’s Pharmacy. Unbeknownst to them, they would never see those images. The very next day, the pharmacy caught fire. Jennifer would never be able to frame a photo of her daddy, who died of a heart attack 2 weeks following her wedding day, walking her down the aisle. Timothy and Jennifer’s children and grandchildren would never be able to experience their big day while rummaging through old photos or looking at a portrait from July 7, 1979 framed on the mantle. . . As a 38th Anniversary gift, I surprised them with a “bride and groom formal” session. It was in God’s plans all along to have the couple relive their wedding day formals despite being almost 40 years later. Happy Anniversary to my parents! Featured on @washingtonianmag @washbridegroom today MUA: @glam_qui Hair: @cosmobarbrj Bouquet: @violetgardensfloral Dresses: @renttherunway @badgleymischka Shoes: @converse #ashleighbingphotography
Ashleigh is a professional photographer and arranged a surprise photo shoot for her parents, complete with touching personal touches, including a framed wedding invitation from her parents’ big day — one of the only surviving mementos from their wedding.
Ashleigh picked out two gowns for her mom and reached out to a florist and a makeup artist. She kept it all a surprise until the day before the shoot.
“I told my parents that I needed them on Saturday, June 17. ... My mom kept asking me questions, but I would not tell her anything. I got great joy from her trying to figure it out,” Ashleigh told the Washingtonian.
The night before the shoot, Ashleigh showed her mom the dresses and told her she had to be ready for makeup at 5:30 a.m. the next morning.
“She cried, and could not believe it,” said Ashleigh.
The photo shoot was held outside the Washington National Cathedral and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
On the day of their anniversary, Ashleigh gave them an album of the special anniversary photos.