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2012-03-17 01:28:11 PM
No. Just put them in the bubble.

Stop ruining playthings for the rest of us. I grew up on a wooden playground. Those splinters were WORTH IT.
 
2012-03-17 01:33:12 PM
Precious snowflakes at their finest. Gonna meltdown as adults.

/go play in traffic! that's what we always did.
 
2012-03-17 01:33:13 PM
dailypicksandflicks.com
 
2012-03-17 01:34:31 PM
Sure

gullyborg.typepad.com

Come on in
 
2012-03-17 01:34:36 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

Doesn't know.
 
2012-03-17 01:36:11 PM
No. Nothing is completely safe. I clean with bleach to disinfect and deodorize stuff, but goddammit...my son has a Kool-Aid and dirt mustache every day because it is normal and good for him. He eats a little dirt so he doesn't have to live in a bubble later on in life.
 
2012-03-17 01:36:36 PM

cavehobbit: Sure

[gullyborg.typepad.com image 600x450]

Come on in


Mom?
 
2012-03-17 01:37:20 PM
LonMead, ya beat me to it.
 
2012-03-17 01:38:04 PM

cavehobbit: Sure

[gullyborg.typepad.com image 600x450]

Come on in


is that the freaky looking acura girl?
 
2012-03-17 01:38:21 PM
Oh, and as long as my town isn't having a cancer outbreak or the fish and frogs start sprouting extra limbs, I am not really that concerned. The world is a scary place and I've made my peace with that.
 
2012-03-17 01:39:12 PM
Unless your mother's name is Susan Smith, then yes it's safe.
 
2012-03-17 01:42:47 PM
bbsimg.ngfiles.com

but he really wants to know.
 
2012-03-17 01:42:48 PM
I feel bad for parents like this, and their children will resent them for keeping them sheltered for their best years.
 
2012-03-17 01:45:17 PM
Gonna suuuuuuuuuuck to be Laura MacCleery's kid. Their only allowed activities will be playing with their imaginary friends, Jack and Shiat.
 
2012-03-17 01:45:42 PM
It makes me sad when I see what some of my friends with children are doing.
-setting up "playdates,"
-not letting their 8y/o cross the street with friends to play in the park.
'One of the friends lives down the block (maybe 4 houses down) and the parents walk him over.

Holy crap, when I was 8 we'd all walk to one friend's house to meet, then start our adventure. Parents wouldn't want us to come back until dark except to get a water/snack break. Man, some of my best childhood memories would never happen if I'd have been born 20-25 years later.
 
2012-03-17 01:46:15 PM
FEAR! DOOM!

My elementary school playground had steel monkey bars that were over 7' tall. Gravel on the ground.
 
2012-03-17 01:46:56 PM
Holy FARK -- no it isn't safe.

EVERYBODY PANIC!
 
2012-03-17 01:46:57 PM
Ishkur :

Came for Clerks TAS. Was not Disappoint.
 
2012-03-17 01:47:28 PM
Wait till this biatch finds out her kid is going to die anyway.
 
2012-03-17 01:47:51 PM
Lol, "Yes I"m paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?"
 
2012-03-17 01:48:10 PM
Is it secret? Is it safe?
 
2012-03-17 01:48:17 PM
"Everything was toxic. Everything."

Yeah, welcome to the modern world. This is news to her?
 
2012-03-17 01:48:34 PM
Came for Gandalf. I am disappoint, yet still hopefull...
 
2012-03-17 01:48:46 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-03-17 01:48:58 PM
To be fair, a lot of adults put a lot of shiat in- and onto their bodies. Also unknowingly.
 
2012-03-17 01:49:25 PM

Arctic Phoenix: Is it secret? Is it safe?


I spoke too soon.
 
2012-03-17 01:50:10 PM

teeny: Arctic Phoenix: Is it secret? Is it safe?

I spoke too soon.


You were close.
 
2012-03-17 01:50:10 PM

spoonman: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x350]


Thank you! *skips away*
 
2012-03-17 01:50:31 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: It makes me sad when I see what some of my friends with children are doing.
-setting up "playdates,"
-not letting their 8y/o cross the street with friends to play in the park.
'One of the friends lives down the block (maybe 4 houses down) and the parents walk him over.

Holy crap, when I was 8 we'd all walk to one friend's house to meet, then start our adventure. Parents wouldn't want us to come back until dark except to get a water/snack break. Man, some of my best childhood memories would never happen if I'd have been born 20-25 years later.


Because now, instead of teaching 8 year olds how to cross streets, parents let their tv and xbox raise their children because it's "too much work".
 
2012-03-17 01:51:38 PM
Will it blend? childhood edition
 
2012-03-17 01:52:28 PM

loonatic112358: cavehobbit: Sure

[gullyborg.typepad.com image 600x450]

Come on in

is that the freaky looking acura girl?


No clues. I was doing a GIS for ("living room" guns knives) and that came up. That was better than some derp-wads tenement pics.
 
2012-03-17 01:53:16 PM
American parents (mothers in particular) have forever worried about the health of their children at home

yep, those frenchies just don't give a crap
 
2012-03-17 01:55:39 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: It makes me sad when I see what some of my friends with children are doing.
-setting up "playdates,"
-not letting their 8y/o cross the street with friends to play in the park.
'One of the friends lives down the block (maybe 4 houses down) and the parents walk him over.

Holy crap, when I was 8 we'd all walk to one friend's house to meet, then start our adventure. Parents wouldn't want us to come back until dark except to get a water/snack break. Man, some of my best childhood memories would never happen if I'd have been born 20-25 years later.



I have a son who's almost 10, and I barely let him play in the front yard. I live in a shiat neighborhood, though...there's a meth lab 3 doors down, and some drunken, speed-demon Koreans on the opposite side.

/we hope to be out of here by Fall, at the latest
 
2012-03-17 01:56:36 PM

LeroyBourne: I feel bad for parents like this, and their children will resent them for keeping them sheltered for their best years.



Some of the adventures I had with my friends when I was a kid were some of the happiest days I've ever had. At least it seems that way, as seen through with nostalgic eyes, perhaps. But nonetheless, the fact they are there and are like that is still an awesome thing.

We used to bike for hours, and go canoeing at a park, mucking about in the water, go exploring in derelict buildings, play football from the morning till it was dark, go stealing from shops to stock up on the day's necessities - usually just soft drinks and crisps, go to the golf course and steal golf balls on the fairway and have target practice on ourselves using them, go skateboarding and playing hide and seek in multi-storey car parks which were almost pitch black and rather dangerous and so on...

We were about 8 or 9. Great times. Scrapes, bruises, torn clothing were just part of the adventures we had. Man up, pussies. Slap your biatch mom around for making you such a useless form of life.
 
2012-03-17 01:57:09 PM
Best torture scene ever!

Why? Because...OW! HOLY FARK! MY TEETH!!!
 
2012-03-17 01:58:21 PM

2wolves: FEAR! DOOM!

My elementary school playground had steel monkey bars that were over 7' tall. Gravel on the ground.


Same here. They changed it to wood chips while I was there, but that didn't degrade the experience. I was in the old neighborhood a few years back. All that stuff had been replaced by plastic crap that looks boring to no end. Even the merry-go-round is gone, probably because it had steel bars going in circles. The entire school yard was fenced in too, which is a shame since next to it is an ice-skating rink that they let us use in the winter. There's no doorway in the fence, so I assume kids can't skate in the wintertime anymore. Sad.
 
2012-03-17 01:59:22 PM
I buy lipstick only for the endocrine disruptors.
 
2012-03-17 01:59:45 PM
she "became obsessed"

Her parents made her that way. Her kid will be that way.
 
2012-03-17 02:00:21 PM

Infernal Wedgie: Precious snowflakes at their finest. Gonna meltdown as adults.

/go play in traffic! that's what we always did.


Seriously, THIS. Hell, one of the grade schools I went to didn't have a playground. We had recess out in a parking lot behind the school, which required us to occasionally move out of the way for cars driving through.
 
2012-03-17 02:00:24 PM
The mom in that story seriously needs a beating. With an all-natural, no-additives, chemical-free tree branch. That level of stupid should hurt.
 
2012-03-17 02:01:03 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: It makes me sad when I see what some of my friends with children are doing.
-setting up "playdates,"
-not letting their 8y/o cross the street with friends to play in the park.
'One of the friends lives down the block (maybe 4 houses down) and the parents walk him over.


Those parents may not be doing that because they want to, but rather because the have to. It's a community-level problem. I read the Free-Range Kids blog and there is an unending stream of articles about a parent getting in trouble for letting their kid play in the front yard, walk to school, or ride their bike. Neighbors see a kid walking to a friends house or park and they call the police.

The stupid thing is, the police don't roll their eyes and tell the neighbor to calm the fark down. Nope, they tell the parent of the OMG!Danger! of letting the kid out of their sight for even one second. They also usually imply that it better not happen again.
 
2012-03-17 02:03:42 PM
See, this is what we've come to as a culture. In a normal culture, you look at a person like the mom in that story and you think "OK, clinically significant OCD, with some paranoia. Probably need to at a minimum keep the kid away from her so she doesn't fark it up too badly.". And a family member takes care of the kid while the mom gets treatment.

But in this goddamn society, she's treated like some sort of supermom.
 
2012-03-17 02:04:02 PM
Protecting children from normal germ exposure - bad
Protecting children from toxin exposure - good

I'm not sure but I think that the studies that pointed to the dangers of endocrine-disrupting chemicals mostly addressed in-utero exposure. It's much more important for pregnant women to avoid plastics and not use harsh chemicals around the house. Makes me wonder how kids born to women who worked on farms that used pesticides turned out.

There's also a question of what we accept now as normal. For example, maybe the rate of cancer would be a lot lower if we seriously worked on detoxing our living spaces. But we've been using plastics and other toxic materials, as well as adding junk to our food, for so long we have no basis for accurate judgement.
 
2012-03-17 02:04:27 PM
i was going to rag on the writer and folks who worry their household wiring will get them. but now i can go to home depot and get an EMF meter (new window) and join them.
 
2012-03-17 02:04:33 PM
Oh look, it's this thread again.

But really, the article has a point. The amount of non tested and toxic shiat we (humans) are putting into our bodies every day is worrisome. People still microwave food in cheap plastic - one of the worst things you can do, in terms of BPA and other chemicals releasing, and then ingesting them.

I've switched over to glass everything for my containers.

Hell, even beer cans have liners with BPA in them.

Chemical contaminants are a fun topic to bash on here, but it is a VERY real problem. However, the problem is so massive that it's too late to start cataloging and preventing some chemicals from reaching- we brewed this soup, now we live in it.

/remember when DDT's were acceptable? Yeah...
 
2012-03-17 02:05:22 PM

penthesilea:
Those parents may not be doing that because they want to, but rather because the have to. It's a community-level problem. I read the Free-Range Kids blog and there is an unending stream of articles about a parent getting in trouble for letting their kid play in the front yard, walk to school, or ride their bike. Neighbors see a kid walking to a friends house or park and they call the police.

The stupid thing is, the police don't roll their eyes and tell the neighbor to calm the fark down. Nope, they tell the parent of the OMG!Danger! of letting the kid out of their sight for even one second. They also usually imply that it better not happen again.


This is the real problem as far as I'm concerned, not the chances of kids getting hurt, but having to worry about other people. When I was a kid, we could ride our bikes a few miles down the rode to the ice cream shop or whatever. That was because you not only knew your neighbors, but most people in the town would look out for you if something happened. Nowadays it's mostly every man for themselves and you can't risk helping someone else's kid without worrying about getting brought up on charges if the parent doesn't know you.

The really sad thing is that I'm only 29 and still see how much things have changed wit regards to what kids are allowed to do on their own.
 
2012-03-17 02:05:35 PM

teeny: Don't Troll Me Bro!: It makes me sad when I see what some of my friends with children are doing.
-setting up "playdates,"
-not letting their 8y/o cross the street with friends to play in the park.
'One of the friends lives down the block (maybe 4 houses down) and the parents walk him over.

Holy crap, when I was 8 we'd all walk to one friend's house to meet, then start our adventure. Parents wouldn't want us to come back until dark except to get a water/snack break. Man, some of my best childhood memories would never happen if I'd have been born 20-25 years later.


I have a son who's almost 10, and I barely let him play in the front yard. I live in a shiat neighborhood, though...there's a meth lab 3 doors down, and some drunken, speed-demon Koreans on the opposite side.

/we hope to be out of here by Fall, at the latest


Speed Demon Koreans would be an awesome name for a rock band. I'd buy the t-shirt.
 
2012-03-17 02:05:50 PM
I strongly believe she should immediately move to Australia.
 
2012-03-17 02:08:41 PM
Ahh, I will be forever grateful for growing up in the country, on a dirt road, to parents who appreciate the outdoors and encouraged my brother and me to play out there. The whole going barefoot in the barns thing kinda drove them a little nuts (because, you know, there's all sorts of literal crap out there, not to mention the possibility of stray nails), but we survived.

Let kids play in the dirt, get some fresh air, and use their imaginations. Teach them proper hygiene, and not to play in the medicine cabinet, and that drinking Windex is a Bad Idea, but let 'em grow. Geez.
 
2012-03-17 02:09:52 PM
When the 3 year old niece is told to go wash her hands for dinner, and she asks "Is that anti-bacterial soap?", you know something is wrong.

/kid is semi adult now, and every week it's some new ailment
 
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