As I read about the many recalls of toys, (Jess) and read about how children can’t have a field day outside because the grass was a bit damp (Yellow), I started to wonder about the mentality adults and parents, today.
Case in point. They have recalled the latest, Easy Bake Oven, because kids were sticking their hands in where it was hot, and…. get this, getting burned!!! I think that goes under a "DUH" heading.
Our teachers had us outside playing everyday, rain, shine, snow, sleet, tornado, hurricane…lol
There was no worry that one of us might slip on the damp grass and sue the school district.
Heaven forbid a child get a few bumps or scrapes.
I have neighbors who have trampolines, and before any child can jump on them, the child must have his or her parent write a note, a legal waver as it were, that if said child gets hurt then you can’t sue them. (It’s getting so you need a lawyer just so neighborhood children can play together)
While I understand them wanting to cover their behinds, but I think it’s ridiculous. If my child gets hurt, as long as someone isn’t purposely hurting them, then it’s my problem, my Dr. bill.
I’m afraid that I’d be bored to death growing up now. Everything is so regulated. Let’s wrap them in bubble wrap and cushion every little fall. I wonder how they will be as adults?
My summers were full of playing, freeze tag, hide and seek, capture the flag, numerous games of different sports, stuffing each other into a metal barrel and rolling down our long steep driveway, riding bikes, swimming in canals, playing red rover, playing ‘Annie, Annie, over (2 teams, one tennis ball) you threw the tennis ball over the house to the other team, they came running around to your side and you tried to catch who had caught the ball, digging huge holes, stuffing each other into the middle of a huge inner tube and rolling each other down the hill, making forts out in the farmer’s fields, daring each other to go all the way through the ‘haunted house,’ using the neighbor’s saw horses and a long 2 by 6, as a see saw… which also meant trying to bump it as hard as you could, thus dislodging the person on the other end, or getting off while you were in the ‘down’ position and they landed with a hard thump on their butt.
We used to all sleep outside on those warm summer nights, and play, "Truth or Dare?" I had my first kiss playing that game… now days I’m afraid a, sexual harassment suit would be filed!
What are some fun things you remember doing as a child?
All of us who did those things are still alive, in one piece and of relative sound mind.
I don’t ever remember an adult or anyone else telling us we couldn’t play this or that because we might be hurt and sue someone. Heck, I’m a little shocked that the houses we played, Annie, Annie, over, weren’t worried that we would break a window. We never did.
So, why have we become sue happy and so fearful of everyday bumps and bruises, and what will become of our children’s imaginations if they aren’t allowed to exercise and utilize those wonderful imaginations? When do kids, just get to be kids?
BIG HUGS, Steph
On a completely different note. I’m beginning to wonder if my computer is turning into my husband. I just clicked on something and got the response…."Invalid argument"… sheesh!