I sometimes feel that many parents, particularly mothers, would like to, unwittingly”wrap their kids in cotton wool” while many fathers have a tendency to prefer a little bit of rough and tumble.I’m not for one moment minimising the dangers out there, they are very real for sure. I am speaking about a much different kind of danger.
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But has this protection gone too far? I feel that in many ways there’s too much focus on the safety of kids and not enough on just letting them be children, and behave obviously, doing what kids have always done, and lived.Here’s a quite humorous tongue in cheek article by a writer who quotes out of a newspaper article about the safety of children.Pupils at the school may still perform these life-threatening acts of reckless acrobatics, but they must do this only from the immediate presence of a trained Trainers teacher.Here’s a fairly funny tongue in cheek article by the same writer:Like I was attentively sitting at my desk, avoiding paper-cuts and saturated fats, I read the news that Drummoyne Public School had effectively prohibited cartwheels, hand-stands and somersaults.Students at the school might still execute these life-threatening acts of irresponsible acrobatics, but they must do so only in the immediate presence of a trained gymnastics teacher.Or a practising chiropractic pro. I do not remember, I was not concentrating.A quick Google search told me that other things that have been either”prohibited or indicated for banning in NSW public schools comprise energy beverages, mayonnaise, kiwi fruit, hugging along with the word, Easter”.Some reckless people could think that these bans or almost-bans are similar to packing children in cotton wool rather than allowing them just be children, but I disagree.Public schools are frightful areas filled with perils such as food, drink, and wide open spaces. We must safeguard future generations from items like scraped knees, questionable self-esteem, fun and anything else that might help form dangerously well-rounded adults.In order to ensure our diminutive darlings are secure when they venture out to the government-sanctioned big wide world for book-learning, I suggest that we ban, tough crusts.To minimise bleeding teeth that can become dangerously infected resulting in passing, sandwiches which have crusts any stronger than a moist piece of paper will be prohibited.Really, let’s just eliminate crusts altogether to be on the safe side. The bonus is a reduction in curly-haired children, who can make a playground seem untidy.Laughing itself is not particularly hazardous. However, the sharp intake of breath immediately following a typical laugh represents a choking hazard, especially if there are any hard crusts or insects within inhalation variety.It is recognized that laughter is a natural, automatic reaction in some situations and cannot be helped. So students are advised to prevent any situations which might be regarded as”funny”. Anyone attempting to be comical will be frozen immediately.It is a scientific actuality that those who walk are at a far higher chance of tripping over, walking into walls and going to the stores to buy cigarettes than people who do not walk.Walking may be allowed in the immediate presence of a suitably qualified doctor or attentive athlete – where it is absolutely necessary.There’s a saying that”a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” – it follows, then, that a lot of knowledge would be even more dangerous and therefore by far the safest thing is to have no knowledge at all.Not a single war has been waged without understanding (although a few boxing matches have) and nobody was shot without at least learning where to receive their hands on a gun.One hundred percent of people who suffocate are proven to have been breathing immediately beforehand. The correlation between breathing and suffocation cannot be denied: BANNED.”I found the article hilarious and while the author makes it all somewhat fanciful, I believe she is not too far off the mark. Kids are much more resilient and intelligent than we give them credit for, including infants.I decided when I had kids that I wouldn’t be putting protective pieces of plastic around the corners of pubs. Nor safety locks on cabinets. And also teach them how to drink and eat from non traditional plastic food dishes and cups.My fear for them was plastic. As for those cot bumper pads that they were eventually reported to be a dangerous so-called security item for babies.Babies and very young children use their eyes and legs and have enough intelligence to manoeuvre themselves around all these obstacles they find since they delightedly crawl and creep around their houses.We should not spoil it for them keep watch whilst allowing them the pure pleasure of exploring their home atmosphere.Despite not having all these safety measures in place for my babies, they thankfully explored the rooms of our home with no injuries. None of them opened cupboards and drank poisonous kitchen stuff.