Young children need supervision
I am the father of a two-and-a-half-year old son, and am aware of the learning curve and other demands placed on parents with young children.
For example, I almost have no free time at all except a few peaceful hours after he goes to sleep and before I do. However, since the day I first looked into his eyes I have never considered him a burden, even in those times when it would be nice to have a few minutes in the middle of the day.
Often in Iqaluit, and when I am traveling to other communities, I see children three years and younger playing outside by themselves. My first impulse was to find the child’s parents to inform them their beloved treasure has somehow got outside, but I have been dejected more than once to discover parents wrapped up in other activities, seemingly not concerned. I have even been belittled for poking my nose where it does not belong.
I am writing this to all parents in light of the recent dog attack on a lone two- year-old in Clyde River.
I feel empathy and compassion for the family, and pray the child has a full recovery soon. I realize that small communities can feel safe, however for children that young there are so many accidents that can occur.
For example, they may run onto a road when an ATV ridden by multiple joyous teenagers turns a blind corner, or they could slip into a puddle, panic and drown, or even get mauled by a tied up dog.
To everyone responsible for caring for young children, please watch them as carefully as you can, all the time. Children need to learn from experience, and a good fall and cry may do more good than harm in the long run, but if an adult is not around there are terrible tragedies just waiting to happen.