My answer to that question is a plain and simple: NO WAY! I'm sorry, but I just can't imagine, not even for one minute, suing my own mother if she happened to fall down the stairs while she was carrying my baby--no matter what the consequences. She's my mother, for God's sake! It's not like she would do it on purpose.

That's why I was livid when I read about an Australian woman who sued her own mother after she accidentally fell down the stairs with her 6-month-old granddaughter back in 2006. Although they both survived the fall, the baby--who's now 5 years old--was injured and is severely disabled. 

But I was even more angered when I found out that this week a court ruled against the abuelita, finding she was negligent and didn't show "reasonable care," according to the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun. I must not know enough about the case to understand how a grandmother who offers to help her exhausted daughter by taking her infant child down the stairs so she could get some sleep makes her negligent. I just don't get it.

While I'm obviously grateful that nothing like this ever happened to me, I will tell you that when my children were infants, I was always weary of my mother-in-law carrying them--especially down the stairs--because she's prone to accidents and has had more than one fall during her stays with us. Therefore, I was always careful not to let her go down the stairs with my kids, but even if she had and something horrible had happened, I wouldn't even fathom the idea of suing her--and she's not even my mom! I'm sorry, but I just can't imagine a daughter doing that to her own mother. 

Would you be able to sue your own mamá if she fell down the stairs with your baby?

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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