Blogger and mum of four The Troublesome Tokley’s wants to warn other parents of a near fatality.

“Today’s playdate could of ended in tragedy, today I could of lost my Zayden”, she writes.

“I’m a helicopter parent as some call it, I hang around as they play not just to make sure are playing nicely are safe etc but Zayden also gets hurt often due to his cerebral palsy hence the chipped teeth, constant bruises splitting head open.

We were watching them play outside, being kids having fun they were ‘building’ banging things against verandah posts and vibrations must of made a hook come out.

The cord from Cafe blinds dropped and in a fright Zayden was tangled and pulling, the photos show soon after and 4 hours. If I wasn’t watching it could be too late. how is another 3yo to know isn’t playing but hurt and to get help without proper supervision .

Please watch your children, watch their surroundings. My cords are tied up from blinds etc I know other parents are mostly but nothing can ever bring them back if it happened. It was seconds I was watching him and his still been left with bruising to not only neck but broken blood vessels and been told to watch for signs of bruising to windpipe.”

She added “It was seconds, the cord dropped and he stepped into it turned and panicked the few steps away I was, was long enough to be tight accidents can happen so fast.”

The following day she added, “Zayden is all fine, apart from few days for marks to settle down. Drs were happy that delayed swelling didn’t occur in sleep, he is eating, drinking, flirting away like normal. We really appreciate all the positives. It took me many hours to fall asleep due to all the what could of beens thru my mind.”

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  • Oh my…..thats quite a mark on his neck. Thank goodness the story has a happy ending


  • God was watching over zayden. He was a very lucky little boy. Just shows you how fast things can happen. It’s like day my bestie and I watching kids in rubber boat on side of pool. Turned away to grab towels and next toddler under water. It was seconds and we were right there!! Thank God he was also frightened but OK. Helicopter parents or not “ACCIDENTS HAPPEN FAST”


  • What a terrible thing 2 happen 2 your son hope he’s fine and not hurt 2 bad good job you were there 2 watch out 4 him hope he’s all right now


  • Wow, what a freak accident. Lucky he is fine. It’s certainly not something you could anticipate.


  • Thank God he’s ok and you were watching him so well ! So important indeed to make sure they are safe !!


  • I am so happy to hear he is ok, serves as a great warning. Thank you for sharing.


  • So glad you are one of those parents that watches when a child is playing. Your boy is extra special and he is so lucky to have a mum like you watching over him. This could have ended much worse if it wasn’t for your quick intervention. So glad he is okay


  • Glad it was a near miss and not a tragedy. Poor little fella.


  • Goodness . I’m so glad the mum was watching


  • Wowsers, the cord left a decent mark – showing just how tight it got in that short amount of time!!! My kids are always playing with ropes etc and it totally freaks me out that it will get wrapped around their little necks, or snap them if pulled tight :/


  • How terrifying! As the mum says, if she hadn’t been watching so carefully, this could have had a much tragic ending


  • scary stuff, glad he is ok!


  • Yes, a frightened child makes a problem worse.


  • Oh! So scary! What an horrifying experience!!


  • Luckly the mum was there watching the children otherwise it could hve been alot worse!


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