After a night at the ER, The Rock thanks emergency workers and gives a little parenting advice
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of our favorite celebrity dads for many reasons. He posts precious photos and stories about his daughters, whom he clearly adores, and he keeps it very real with all things parenting. Usually his stories are light-hearted (hello, getting baby poop down his back) but sometimes, things get serious. Like yesterday when he shared that his toddler had to go to the emergency room over the weekend — aka, a nightmare for any parent.
Johnson took to Instagram to share his message, which he delivered by video. In it, he explains that on Saturday, his family had a little scare ending in two-year-old Jasmine needing to visit the ER.
“This past Saturday night something happened to me and my family that I would never want to happen to any of you guys out there, but of course, emergencies do happen,” he says. “We were up all night in the emergency room — we had something scary that happened with our little baby girl Jasmine. She’s OK now, thank god!”
UGH. Any parent will have goosebumps after hearing that. Johnson didn’t share details of what landed his sweet girl in the ER, but we don’t even need to know them to understand how he was feeling that night.
Johnson shared his gratitude with all the emergency and hospital personnel who helped his family through their scary night. He gave a shoutout the 911 operator who helped him keep his cool, the LAFD, and the doctors and nurses at UCLA. He also has a little advice for other parents going through such a terrifying moment:
“To all you mommies and daddies out there, when emergencies like this happen I would just highly recommend that you stay as calm and as focused as possible because our little babies — they pick up on what we’re putting out, especially in times of stress.”
This is so incredibly true. The times I’ve let my kids see my panic about their illness or injury I could feel their own nervousness creep up. It’s a practiced thing for me now after a decade of motherhood — I’ve gotten much better at hiding it when I’m afraid something is seriously wrong. But I know they can still sense my nerves, so Johnson’s advice to keep calm rings true.
The Big 2. Happy Birthday to our lil’ piece of sugar Jasmine Lia. Timing was perfect as I’ve worked all year with no time off until now and bringing my ohana home to Florida was just the anchor I needed for the holidays. Just like your big sister Simone and your baby sis on the way… as your daddy, you have my word I’ll always love, protect and guide you the rest of my life. Just promise me I get one hour of “special alone time” with any boy you decide to bring home in the far FAR future. And thank you to everyone for all the birthday love and wishes you sent our way. #Ohana #BirthdayGirl 🎂 🙏🏾
Ironically, Johnson very recently shared that he was updating his CPR skills — along with everyone else in his household. “Since we have another baby girl on the way – I wanted to make sure myself, my family and our staff took another choking prevention and CPR course on infants, children and adults.”
Could he be more amazing?
You hope there’s never an emergency where you never have to deploy the skill. Since we have another baby girl on the way – I wanted to make sure myself, my family and our staff took another choking prevention and CPR course on infants, children and adults. Highly recommend you guys do it, because never know what may happen and it’s always best to be ready. For the record, this baby is not real and not mine. My babies come out much browner. And cuter. #IOnlyMakeGirls 🤷🏾♂️💪🏾🌺
So now, we have some excellent advice on keeping our chill when experiencing a “hairy” parenting moment and a solid reminder to update those CPR skills. Can we just make The Rock our life/parenting coach?