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Dangerous Predicaments with Kids

Tell Mommy: What's Your Most Dangerous Mommy Moment?

Checking items off your to-do list can be challenging, especially when you've got kids in tow. On my day off last week, it was my mission to change my address, register to vote and obtain a parking pass for my new neighborhood — big city dwellers feel my pain.

My nearly two-year-old and I bolted out the door and waited in line at the DMV for the doors to open. In less than an hour, my first and second goals were accomplished. Not wanting to push my daughter too far, I went home to let her rest. It wasn't until 4:30 that I went for the finale.

To see what happened,


All the paperwork was prepared and the diaper bag was full of goodies. What I didn't account for was the lack of parking spaces. Knowing the parking permit offices closed at 5:00 exactly, I finally landed a spot across the street at 4:55. Afraid I'd miss the cut off, I waited for a clear path and then jaywalked my eight month pregnant self across one of the busiest San Francisco streets during 5 p.m. rush hour with my 23-month-old daughter on my hip.

I made it through the doors and heard the door lock behind me. I was in and out in 10 minutes though I'm still not sure the parking permit is worth the mommy guilt I am still feeling for not safely passing through the designated crosswalk.

Tell mommy, have you ever put your child in a dangerous situation like that?

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