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Mother reveals how she 'did the unthinkable' and left her young daughter alone in a car for 20 MINUTES before realising her mistake (9 Pics)

When Britta Eberle wrote about forgetting her toddler daughter in the family car for 20 minutes, she knew she was going to be accused of being a bad mother.

Still, the parenting blogger thought it important to share her failing, knowing many mothers around the world have made a similar mistake - some of which have ended in tragedy.
Eberle lives in Vermont in the US on a rural property with her husband, four-year-old son Wolfy and one-year-old daughter Ada.

"Do you see this little girl?" she wrote, sharing a photo of Ada.
"Today I did the unthinkable and forgot about her in the car. Here's how it happened: our family arrived at a friend's house and in our excitement we all darted out, assuming that someone else had remembered to grab the youngest member of our clan.

"But no one remembered her. And she sat for about 20 minutes crying alone before one of us grabbed her. It was such a small mistake but it could have had devastating consequences.




"Thank god we were parked in a safe place. Thank god it wasn't hot outside. Thank god she wasn't alone for long. Thank god she has already forgotten about it and forgiven us.
"But it will be a long time before I forgive myself.

"I usually think I'm a good mom. But I made a huge mistake today and I feel terrible. There are no excuses for what I did. And part of me doesn't want to share this. I don't want the world to know how badly I've failed.

"But then I think that I have to share this. I have to own up to my mistakes. I have to tell the world how far I am from perfect. And how if I did this, anyone could do this. And that scares me but also makes me judge a little less and makes me pay attention a whole lot more.

"Tonight I snuggled my baby girl to bed. I read her a story, turned out the light, and stayed beside her listening to her breath got deeper and slower as she fell asleep. And felt so incredibly lucky. We are always so much closer to the edge than any of us realise.

"Hug your babies tight and practice forgiveness. Forgive those that make mistakes, even if the person who you need to forgive is yourself."

Eberle has been blogging since 2014 as a way of sharing her struggles, which have included depression, work pressure and recovering from a devastating miscarriage.

Her writing resonates with mums around the world, and this post in particular has hit very close to home for some.

Still, parents who can't imagine making such a horrible mistake have left upsetting comments following this post.





Support: Parents spoke out in support of Britta and urged her to forgive herself for the mistake


Nightmare: Others shared stories of similar mistakes they had made with their children



"Seriously I have five kids all over 10 now," Penny wrote. "I have never forgotten them. I am also the betting type, and I am betting she didn't forget her phone. Mom shouldn't leave the task to someone else to get the smallest kid out of the car unless she asks them to grab her, or if they have verbally stated 'I am getting her'. You are adult. It is not your other kids' place to get her out... Put your phone back there with her."

"Forget it...I don't forget my DOGS in the car...you are her MOTHER....ridiculous that you would be so "excited" to see your friends that you forgot this sweet child. Get your act together and start acting like a RESPONSIBLE adult...not some air head teeny bopper," Mary commented.

The mother-of-two eventually responded, "This is exactly why I shared this story. Until today I was one of those people who thought they would never make a mistake like that."
Following the many, negative comments were hundreds of stories of comfort, such as this one by Amanda:

"Oh my goodness, I teared up a bit just reading this because my heart could feel exactly how yours must have felt.

"Parenting has so many close calls and they are terrifying."

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