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(Slate)   "My husband and I are both attempting to work from home during the quarantine. My 3-year-old daughter wants constant attention, so I started buying her activity kits on a weekly basis so she has something to do. Am I setting a dangerous precedent?"   (slate.com) divider line
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2020-06-29 10:07:22 AM  
My dad would hand me a rusty screwdriver and tell me to pull thistles out of the lawn.
By the roots.

*adjusts onion*
 
2020-06-29 10:13:18 AM  
Put her lazy ass to work.
 
2020-06-29 11:18:19 AM  
By activity kits do you mean like 'a coloring book and crayons' or 'a spoon a lighter a syringe and 10 grams of heroin'?

If it's the former, it's fine.

If it's the latter, that isn't going to work. Your child does not yet have the fine motor skills to fill the syringe or inject heroin into her body, she lacks the strength to tap a correct vein, and she may miss a she will forget to remove the rubber tubing around her arm.

May I suggest Little Miss Playtime's Coke Mirror and Razor Kit?
 
2020-06-29 11:25:58 AM  

bdub77: Little Miss Playtime's Coke Mirror and Razor Kit?


does that still come with the stripper pole and school girl outfit?
 
2020-06-29 11:26:11 AM  
Cough syrup
 
2020-06-29 11:42:06 AM  
You have options, lady.

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2020-06-29 11:48:14 AM  

vudukungfu: My dad would hand me a rusty screwdriver and tell me to pull thistles out of the lawn.
By the roots.

*adjusts onion*


Well ou know what I got for Christmas this year? It was a banner f***in' year at the old Bender family. I got a carton of cigarettes. The old man grabbed me and said "Hey. Smoke up Johnny.

So maybe the kid should take up smoking?
 
2020-06-29 12:11:24 PM  
Quarantine's been going on for over 3 months now and you haven't figured this stuff out yet?
 
2020-06-29 12:14:49 PM  

Diogenes: Put her lazy ass to work.


csb; I stopped at a veggie/flower stand/plot on my way back through Amish country in PA and it was stationed by 3 Amish kids.  The one that couldn't have been older than 3.5 and insisted on carrying a bag full of veggies back to our vehicle.  Pretty adorable. The eldest kid was maybe 14 and spoke in a broken english with us, and 'Dutch' with their siblings.  Kids needed an orthodontist.  No point to the story as Amish kids and culture aren't an apples-to-apples comparison to how we raise kids.
 
2020-06-29 12:40:59 PM  
I've got a family member with admittedly got-damn adorable kids, but who require an uninterrupted stream of adult engagement. They're unable to entertain themselves for more than a minute or two at a time, so every family gathering becomes an all-in play session for them. It feels unsustainable.
 
2020-06-29 1:09:04 PM  

DecemberNitro: I've got a family member with admittedly got-damn adorable kids, but who require an uninterrupted stream of adult engagement. They're unable to entertain themselves for more than a minute or two at a time, so every family gathering becomes an all-in play session for them. It feels unsustainable.


That sucks.
Have a friend with a daughter like that. Cute as a button, but it's their own fault that she needs CONSTANT attention. The g-ma won't stop with the outfit changes, do you want this? do you want that? They will literally ALL jump to her attention in the middle of an adult conversation if she says anything.
It's really pathetic. Feel bad for the kid who may never realize when she's older that the world doesn't revolve around her. They're enabling all of it.
 
2020-06-29 1:09:54 PM  
Activity kits, if appropriate for the age, are a good thing; the kid will start learning to self-entertain and apply their exploration skills, and will benefit from a feeling of mastery as they build these skills.  This is what a kid is supposed to be doing; they are natural born scientists, testing everything, and if they're into it at this age you may have a prodigy on your hands, nurture that by taking time to look at what they accomplish and talk with them about it at some point each day.  It's important you don't just leave them  with the stuff and forget about it, like watering a house plant or giving the dog a chew toy before you leave for the office - and don't *just* give them a pat on the head or a "that's nice" when they present the finished work - they will detect the insincerity and that will do damage. You don't need to put every single thing up on the fridge, either. What you want to do is be engaged, let them talk about it to you, ask reasonable questions. Ask leading questions about what they learned, what they want to do next. Show support and pride in them. That's different from fake platitudes.
 
2020-06-29 1:35:56 PM  

Munden: Diogenes: Put her lazy ass to work.

csb; I stopped at a veggie/flower stand/plot on my way back through Amish country in PA and it was stationed by 3 Amish kids.  The one that couldn't have been older than 3.5 and insisted on carrying a bag full of veggies back to our vehicle.  Pretty adorable. The eldest kid was maybe 14 and spoke in a broken english with us, and 'Dutch' with their siblings.  Kids needed an orthodontist.  No point to the story as Amish kids and culture aren't an apples-to-apples comparison to how we raise kids.


Well, their entire perspective on life is way different.  That's for sure.

I was thinking of the old Living Color Jamaican family ("Hey Mon!") skits.

"ONE JOB?!"
 
2020-06-29 1:55:38 PM  
I was sick a lot as a kid. Forgotten about the activity kits I'd get every few weeks. Which were arts 'n crafts stuff, fun and could forget about being sick for awhile.
 
2020-06-29 2:31:27 PM  
Most activity kits are shiat.  Lots of single use throwaway crap in an overpriced box designed by someone without a basic understanding of what they are trying to teach.  Here are a few kits you can put together for $5 - 15:
1.  Jumbo box of popsicle sticks.  Depending on how old they are, give them a bottle of glue.  Build houses, make art, whatever.
2.  10lb bag of dry beans and a large low tupperware container.  Bury shiat in beans and drive cars in it.
3.  Brick (like 100 count) of multi-color construction paper, scissors and tape.  Art.
4.  Jumbo bag of multi-colored pipe cleaners.  Fold into little sculptures of animals and shiat.
5.  Jumbo box of binder clips and a few spools of ribbon.  Making "fishing hooks" that clip on things, make structures by clipping clips together, etc.
6.  Sam's Club/Costco pack of paper towels, Kleenex boxes, and/or TP (take off the outter wrap, leave the individual wrapped towels and 9 pack wrapped TP) and use as stacking blocks.
 
2020-06-29 2:51:59 PM  
Buy her some superglue. I'm betting within 10 minutes she won't come bother you at all.
 
2020-06-29 3:22:13 PM  

DecemberNitro: I've got a family member with admittedly got-damn adorable kids, but who require an uninterrupted stream of adult engagement. They're unable to entertain themselves for more than a minute or two at a time, so every family gathering becomes an all-in play session for them. It feels unsustainable.


The worst part is the kid is going to have no clue what happened when somebody/everybody snaps.
 
2020-06-29 3:32:32 PM  
Put your little darling in a basket and drop off at the nearest firehouse
 
2020-06-29 3:59:30 PM  

vudukungfu: My dad would hand me a rusty screwdriver and tell me to pull thistles out of the lawn.
By the roots.

*adjusts onion*


Are you my sibling?
 
2020-06-29 4:37:24 PM  

handsome boy model: vudukungfu: My dad would hand me a rusty screwdriver and tell me to pull thistles out of the lawn.
By the roots.

*adjusts onion*

Are you my sibling?


Did dad pull our teeth with a string tied to a knob and a slammed door?
 
2020-06-29 4:57:13 PM  

Koodz: DecemberNitro: I've got a family member with admittedly got-damn adorable kids, but who require an uninterrupted stream of adult engagement. They're unable to entertain themselves for more than a minute or two at a time, so every family gathering becomes an all-in play session for them. It feels unsustainable.

The worst part is the kid is going to have no clue what happened when somebody/everybody snaps.


It's not quite that bad but it does make me wonder if they're gonna have issues with being alone as they get older. Y'know how there are some people who just can't stand being on their own? Hopefully not.
 
2020-06-29 7:38:32 PM  

vudukungfu: handsome boy model: vudukungfu: My dad would hand me a rusty screwdriver and tell me to pull thistles out of the lawn.
By the roots.

*adjusts onion*

Are you my sibling?

Did dad pull our teeth with a string tied to a knob and a slammed door?


My mom still tries to do that to her grandkids.  She sincerely thinks she's being helpful.  I can't begin to comprehend  what the benefit is supposed to be, and she doesn't know either, just "that's the way my six siblings and I did it."

Only guess I can come up with is that it's to teach the lesson "don't ever bother me about a loose tooth again unless you want to end up bloody and crying", and she didn't learn the lesson.
 
2020-06-30 5:58:52 AM  
Most people who have kids have no concept of how to parent.
 
2020-06-30 8:16:00 AM  

nartreb: bloody and crying


great band name
 
2020-06-30 1:16:36 PM  

vudukungfu: handsome boy model: vudukungfu: My dad would hand me a rusty screwdriver and tell me to pull thistles out of the lawn.
By the roots.

*adjusts onion*

Are you my sibling?

Did dad pull our teeth with a string tied to a knob and a slammed door?


I got that treatment in 1994. Although he just yanked the string directly every time. And once the tooth only came halfway out, you can imagine that sensation yourself.
 
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