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(Opposing Views)   School sends home a permission slip asking parents if it's ok that their kids will "touch mud" or "come in contact with the ground" while playing outside   (opposingviews.com) divider line 6
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2013-07-12 03:19:40 PM
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My mother's only complaint was how difficult it was to wash grass stains out of clothes. Otherwise, she didn't care what I did during recess.

My SO and I are expecting a child in November. We've already discussed how we're going to raise our son. He will not be wrapped in a protective little bubble his entire life. He'll be allowed to play video games but only after playing outside (or doing a similar physical activity indoors if the weather is poor). He'll be taught how to be resourceful and how to read a situation and act appropriately. And we'll be supplementing his school education with our own mini-lessons (like going to Boston's Museum of Science butterfly garden after a unit on insects).

In other words ... we'll be raising a kid to be a kid, not a porcelain doll who can't do anything because of 'allergies and sensitivities'.

/If I received that permission slip, I would give an equally tongue-in-cheek response. "Oh yes, please give little James a mud bath at every recess! He'll have the skin of a Greek god by the time he's a teenager!"
2013-07-12 05:46:43 PM
1 votes:

Bumblefark: aevorea: My mother's only complaint was how difficult it was to wash grass stains out of clothes. Otherwise, she didn't care what I did during recess.

My SO and I are expecting a child in November. We've already discussed how we're going to raise our son. He will not be wrapped in a protective little bubble his entire life. He'll be allowed to play video games but only after playing outside (or doing a similar physical activity indoors if the weather is poor). He'll be taught how to be resourceful and how to read a situation and act appropriately. And we'll be supplementing his school education with our own mini-lessons (like going to Boston's Museum of Science butterfly garden after a unit on insects).

In other words ... we'll be raising a kid to be a kid, not a porcelain doll who can't do anything because of 'allergies and sensitivities'.

/If I received that permission slip, I would give an equally tongue-in-cheek response. "Oh yes, please give little James a mud bath at every recess! He'll have the skin of a Greek god by the time he's a teenager!"

Good. I like to think we're finally seeing some push-back against bubble-wrap parenting. My wife and I are much the same way. We got a late start with kids compared to our peers, and pretty much spent the last decade looking on with horror at how sterile and sanitized childhood had become under our generations' (misadventure in) parenting. We decided we'd be going a different route.

/Heh. Typing this, I'm watching my daughter splashing around in our backyard birdbath.
//...eh...just going to pretend I didn't see that.


That is good and normal kid activity. Wife was dismayed that the first thing I looked for when we were shopping for a house was the backyard. I wanted something big enough they could play baseball, football, whatever they wanted, with a good fence and a dog to keep any bad guys away. Our girls have always loved playing in the dirt, rolling in the grass, catching bugs, digging holes, etc. They can play softball and soccer, camp out, roast hot dogs, you name it. Dirt washes off, and kids need the outdoors.
2013-07-12 03:02:05 PM
1 votes:
Hubby and I are raising his 3-year-old granddaughter, and I get depressed when I talk to the moms and dads of her preschool classmates...Those kids aren't going to get to do ANYTHING fun.
At our house, we gauge how good a day it was by how dirty her feet are at bathtime. She's going to grow up to be the weirdo, but I'm ok with that.
2013-07-12 01:49:02 PM
1 votes:
This is bound to happen when you live in a country infested with lawyers.
2013-07-12 12:04:50 PM
1 votes:
How long until Fark is just a bunch of opposingviews articles about stuff people posted on reddit?
2013-07-12 10:38:27 AM
1 votes:

megalynn44: Do people seriously not remember what childhood was like? Or is it that there are already adults who were raised in hermetically-sealed environments their entire lives?

Pathetic either way


It's so weird to me. Our parents were thrilled if we managed not to bring mud in to the house or get it too far in to our ears. Now I hardly ever see kids playing outside and getting dirty like the good old days.
 
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