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Rebecca Tafaro Boyer

2018-09-28 23:43
No one likes to refer to themselves as a helicopter parent, but if it saves your child’s life, than what’s the harm? It was Rebecca Tafaro Boyer's first day back at work after maternity leave. She had demanded her husband to send her hourly updates on their son William. Around 2:15 in the afternoon, Tafaro Boyer, from Memphis, Tennessee, received a text from her husband, David. It was a photo of William sleeping in his car seat. She replied to his message and advised her husband to fix their son’s harness. Moments later her husband contacted her again, but it wasn’t to send her another photo of William in his seat or to confirm that he adjusted the straps. It was to deliver some bad news. “Honey, we had a car wreck. We are fine, but the car is going to be totaled.” Her husband and son were only a few miles from home when another driver pulled into oncoming traffic. “He slammed on the brakes at nearly 50 miles an hour before colliding with the front passenger side door of her SUV,” “My precious little bundle of joy was so well restrained in his car seat, THAT HE DIDN’T EVEN WAKE UP.” “I am so thankful that my husband took the extra one minute that was necessary to put William in his car seat safely,” David ended up with a broken foot and three dislocated toes, and the couple’s 11-year-old car was totaled. “I can’t even begin to imagine how different the outcome could have been." In sharing her experience online, Tafaro Boyer wrote that she didn’t want to come across as a parent who bragged or shamed others, instead she wanted to inform those who might simply be unaware. “The car is a loss, but cars can be replaced – my boys can’t.”