Solve problems like a 2-year-old

Two-year-old twins Brock and Bowdy Shoff were playing in their room when this happened: (Warning: This video shows a potentially injurious situation that may upset some viewers.)

Even as Brock’s little legs were kicking beneath the weight of the dresser on top of him, Bowdy did not panic. He tried to pull what looks to be a cord attached to a monitor or maybe a lamp. That didn’t work.

He then climbed over the dresser. Nah, nothing there, either. Bowdy then tried lifting the dresser straight up, but he’s not as strong as his dad. However, his form was good. He squatted down to the dresser and tried to lift with his legs.

Finally, he went for the old car-push technique. Since the dresser couldn’t hold the weight of both boys without tipping, it was light enough for Bowdy to push off his brother. Brock squirmed out from under the dresser unharmed.

There are three lessons we can all learn from this two-year-old hero:

  1. Don’t panic. Assess the situation, but move quickly to solve the problem.
  2. Help a person in trouble in any way you can.
  3. Although it worked out for the Shoff family, please encourage kids NOT to try to handle dangerous situations alone. The video wouldn’t have gone viral, but Brock would’ve been saved much quicker had Bowdy run to tell their parents.

Bowdy is two and what he did was awesome. Lesson three is a good one for kids across the board as they will certainly encounter problems in life they can’t solve by themselves. All’s well that ends well in this case. Brock is safe, Bowdy’s a hero and they both have a great story they can tell their grandkids.

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