As a mom of three, chances are when I am online, I am checking one of the many parenting or motherhood groups I belong to on Facebook.
Last year, right after Christmas, I saw a frantic and desperate post from a mom of two, whose newborn son was in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. He suffered a skull fracture and stopped breathing while in the care of their long-time nanny.
As a fellow working mom, I know how hard it can be to leave your babies in the care of someone else.
I know some say, “Well, that’s why I am a stay at home mom,” and while I respect that choice, I think working moms set a great example for their children, are huge assets to the workforce (we can multitask like no other), and while many of us love our career and choose to work, most have to work to put a roof over their children’s heads.
Anyway, I followed this family’s plight on Facebook for nearly a year and finally decided to approach the mom about doing a story.
What struck me is that their nanny, though not criminally charged, is probably out there working with another family right now, and that other family would have no idea she was involved with a serious injury to a child.
The investigation would not show up in a criminal nanny background check because she was never arrested. Accidental or intentional, I know I would want to know the details before hiring her.
So, I set out to tell the inspiring story of Holton Weingrad, while giving fellow working families tips on how to keep their kids safe.
Holton had suffered a cracked skull when he was admitted into the hospital. He had experienced a traumatic brain injury and had temporarily stopped breathing.
You can also follow Holtons’s recovery from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) on Facebook as his family “uses hope and humor as medicine. And real medicine, too.”