Lauren Eliza, 29, said she was called the Grinch because of her safety concerns.
A mother-of-two forbids her young children, ages two and four, from playing with balloons, skipping ropes, magnets and lighting fixtures, and refuses to let them go to trampoline parks.
Lauren used to work as an undertaker in the USA – and she attended many children’s autopsies which made her more careful about her children.
The accidental deaths she dealt with made her determined to reduce the chance of any such incidents happening to her family.
Lauren, a stay-at-home mom from Fort Myers, Florida, said: “People call me the Grinch because I keep gifts and toys away from my kids.
“I laugh at that.
“I’m an overprotective mom and that’s okay.
“I refer to myself as the Undertaker of Wounds.
“I have looked after several children in mourning homes and it is an experience you can never get over.
“I never let my kids go on trampolines and will never take them to a trampoline park.
“We don’t do bunk beds and they don’t wear string-belt pajamas in case they can pull it off.
“There are still a lot of games they can play with.
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Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
“I do everything in my power to minimize the chance of accidental death.” They are not allowed balloons as small pieces get into their mouths and can get stuck in their windpipe.
They don’t have jump ropes or magnets.
“I don’t let them get lightsabers or anything like that because it can cause head injuries.
“Kids can be really tough.”
Lauren Pat’s father, 53, was a mortuary paramedic and paramedic who took on a similar attitude to her toys when she was a child.
“There was a list of things I couldn’t play with,” she said. “But I had a normal childhood and didn’t know why my parents limited things until I was an adult.”
Lauren decided to quit her job as an undertaker in May 2020 to spend more time with her sons.
“I was nervous about bringing home a newborn with work feelings,” she said.
Lauren also warns about the food she gives her sons.
“I cut grapes for them,” she said, “because they can easily choke on them.”
“I wasn’t allowed to eat peanuts until I was six and that will be the same for them.”
“I don’t keep any little things they could choke on.”
“They have shoes with shoelaces on them but I hide them away so they can’t pull the laces off.
Death is something that can happen to anyone.
“Talking about death in children is not a common conversation but it is an important conversation.”
Things Lauren won’t let her kids play with:
- – balloons
- – Lightsaber
- – skipping ropes
- – trampoline
Other precautions Lauren takes:
- – There are no bunk beds
- – No lace-up pajamas
- – He cuts the grapes
- Peanuts are prohibited until the age of six