Thursday, March 11, 2021

Gender reveal? Cool. Just be safe. And sensible.

I've said this before, but it bears repeating for context: We did not find out the gender of any of our kids until the moment they were born. We enjoyed the surprise and wouldn't have done it any other way.

But that doesn't make ours the "right" way. If you want to find out, go for it! Nothing wrong with either approach.

Still, if you're going to plan a gender reveal event, I trust you're going to show some common sense. The list of gender reveals gone wrong started out funny, but now it's getting tragic.

There was quite a bit of coverage recently of the young father-to-be who died when the device he and his brother were rigging up for their gender reveal exploded. Before that was the woman who died when something similar happened at an actual gender reveal party.

Both cases are tragic beyond words. And there have been others.

You probably don't need to be told this, but whatever clever gender reveal idea you come up with, it probably shouldn't involve explosives or hazardous chemicals of any kind.

Consider what my co-worker Alyssa did recently. She had her ultrasound results placed in an envelope without her husband or herself having seen them. She gave the envelope to her sister, who the next day opened it, read the gender, tied the appropriate color bandana around Alyssa's dog (it was blue), and sent the dog outside where the whole family was waiting. It was a fun and creative way to do it.

And most of all safe. Let's always go with safe.

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