Proof That Parents Have the Best Reflexes
Kids love to run, play, jump, climb and crawl all over the place. And while it’s a parent’s job to let them grow, it’s also their job to help keep them safe as much as possible. Sometimes, that means being physically there for them whenever they inevitably fall.
From trying to defy gravity to learning how to ride a bike to simply trying to stand up properly, there are all sorts of ways kids find themselves falling. But these perfectly timed pictures prove that parents are there to make sure their kids stay safe — at least that one time! — because anyone who has been around kids knows there’s always another accident waiting to happen.
There's No Such Thing as Too Much Water
Unless, of course, you're taking a nose dive into it.
Gravity Is Real
Looks like the apple fell too far from the tree for its own safety. Luckily, dad was there to keep this “apple” from bruising.
Yes, water is fun to play in, but it’s even more fun to avoid accidentally falling into it.
It's all fun and games until someone falls off your back.
The Ultimate Trust Fall
If you think falling backwards and hoping someone will be there to catch you is an exercise in trust, try doing it when the person catching you is across the room.
The two calmest faces in the picture are the oblivious kid and the protective dad getting hit by a bat.
Sledding in Training
This kid will be a pro at staying on the sled in no time.
The Wrap-Around-Leg Seat Belt
When you’re on public transit and there aren’t any seatbelts, you have to make do with what you have.
Feet Are Functional
These two started sliding safely together, and this dad was determined they’d finish sliding safely together.
Full Body Save
This dad fully commits and throws his entire body down to help avoid a collision for this little one.
Mom’s Always Prepared
This mom figured that balance might get the best of her daughter. Luckily, she was there to save her skin from getting too scratched up when it did.
That Tumultuous Twist
The slide seemed generally safe until it took a twisted turn that almost had this toddler flying.
Testing the Waters
It's never too early to learn how to surf.
Leap of Faith
If you really trust your catch-and-throwing skills, I guess this is one way to get a little one across a cavern while hiking.
Cat Got Your Back
What’s most impressive here is that this dad never once broke his concentration despite his furry attacker.
Sometimes, fast reflexes can be helpful to avoid a major fight, not just possible pain.
Water Park Whoas
When you’re first learning how to slide, it can be confusing what part of your body is supposed to maintain contact with the slide — especially if everything is super slippery.
I Believe I Can Fly
Technically, the kid did fly all by himself for one (terrifying) second or so.
Cribs Are Meant to Be Climbed
But, luckily, this dad already knew that.
The Best Way to Fish Is on Dry Land
Even if “The Little Mermaid” is your favorite classic Disney movie, it’s best to stay out of the water when you’re searching for aquatic treasure.
Classic Throw and Catch
The most important part of this game, of course, is the catch.
Ready for Anything
Dress up can be fun, especially if it involves being a superhero dad.
The Calm Before the Fall
Animals have extra skin on the back of their neck to be carried around safely. Little humans have extra clothing for a similar purpose.
Mom on the Move
If there were Olympic medals for “Mom-ing,” this woman would definitely be a contender for the gold.
Sure, Peter Pan may not want to ever grow up. But this picture shows that grown-ups do provide some help in case you lose your footing.
If you really want to give your child a lesson in nature, don’t forget to teach them firsthand about gravity.
Another Dad to the Rescue
It turns out Dad instincts stay “on” at all times, even if it’s not your kid that you’re protecting.
Flower Power Move
What’s most impressive is that this dad managed to hold onto the younger sibling while (mostly) catching the older one as she flamboyantly fell.
It’s the Climb
Climbing up a couple steps is safe enough … assuming you don’t try and take the shortcut down.
This mom was able to keep her child from falling backwards while continuing to record an adorable video.
What’s in the Box?
Not a baby, thanks to this slick dad’s quick reflexes.
Every Limb Is Useful
When it comes to avoiding disaster, this mom understands that every working body part needs to help keep the household moving smoothing.
A Thwarted Impromptu Dive
Even though he manages to laugh afterwards, this very quick-moving dad averted a dangerous baby backflip.
It may be fun to pretend to be ghosts with blankets over your eyes. That is until Mom has to keep you from falling face first into a wall.
Complete With Dad Ejector Seat
This tiny motorcycle has everything a young kid might need: a helmet, training wheels and a dad ready to pull them off immediately if things go awry.
Learning to ride a bike can be scary. Unless, of course, you have a fast-moving dad like this who can help you avoid a major scary crash.
Baby of the Lake
“But Mom, I just wanted to sprint into the lake to see what it’d be like to be a fish for a minute!”
This fast-moving grandma proves that grandparent’s protective instincts stay as sharp as ever.
Sometimes You Miss
At least this baby was already close to the ground.