Post # 1
I drank from the hose
Had baths in the sink (unwashed sink!!!)
Im sure I ate my fair share of dirt
I had black coffee on the regular as a child
I rode a bike without a helmet
DH and I were talking about how much things have changed since we were kids. All the warnings, no no’s, and whatnot. My parents should have had child protective services called on them numerous times based on today’s standards. Even since I had my son in 2005 there’s all kinds of new warnings and rules for pregnancy. DH and I are going to start TTC soon and we already have an 8 year old and we are just overwhelmed with all of the “don’t do this” and “you just CANNOT do that!” because as kids we did EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE THINGS lol and my mom broke all the rules when she was pregnant with me. Basically I should be dead….
So my question is this, what things did you do as a parent, or as a child, that should have just damaged you for life? Example: drank from a hose like me 🙂
p.s. this is a light hearted thread 🙂
Post # 3
I drank from the hose, rode my bike to school, played with the other neighborhood kids without parental supervision, ate happy meals at mcdonalds, and wasn’t forced to finish my glass of milk at dinner time!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I try not to look at the list of don’ts and nos as guidelines. Avoid them if you can because we know they are not the best practices. But if a slip up occurrs that simply cannot be helped (aka dirt gets in the mouth) then… ehhh… sh*t happens.
But, yeah, I drank straight from the hose, rode in the back of a pick-up truck totally unsecured, biked without a helmet, etc. I also ate lunch meat when I was pregnany 15 years ago and probably a lot of other things they now tell pregnant women to avoid. Just because nothing bad happened to come of those experiences in my particular case, that doesn’t mean that all of these activities are safe. It just means I got lucky. lol
Post # 5
haha! i think this too. my mother and i laugh at all the “precautions” for children now. and pregnancy. she’s like, “really? REALLY? ridiculous.”
i rode around in the car without a seatbelt (we had a station wagon, and the back had the seat that faced the back window. and we all would pile in and ride around in the very back, laying down and all that). i didn’t sit in a carseat until i weighed 100 pounds. i know i drank from a hose, AND a sprinkler. we had a homemade slip & slide. and mom put me in a carseat wearing a snowsuit, and covered me with a blanket. so there’s that. oh, and i had diet coke/diet pepsi as a baby/toddler.
Post # 6
LOL, my MIL was just talking about this yesterday! I was showing her how to use the Halo sleep sack (instead of a blanket) and explained that babies can smother themselves with blankets and to use this thing instead. She laughed and said with her babies they used bumpers, blankets, formula with omg shudder TAP water, and all sorts of other things.
I know I drank from the hose and sat on my dad’s lap in the car on occasion as well.
Post # 7
My mom ate ALL THE THINGS while pregnant.
Post # 8
I was also a hose drinker, I ate unwashed produce, played in the streets with the neighborhood kids, and SLEPT ON MY STOMACH WITH A BLANKET.
Post # 9
OMG and everyone lived to tell about all this?! the shock! lol
I realize that a lot of advice is given because *something* prompted the warning. But I also think there is such a thing as TOO MUCH. Im pretty laid back with my son and he’s a healthy happy boy. I just use my better judgement. I think with the next one Ill approach it the same way.
Post # 10
Agh all these new “rules” are just a pain in the Arse. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. I had no bike helmet, I played outside without fear of getting taken. Etc, etc. Even back then the toys were made hell of lot better. DH and I are trying to raise our little guy as how we were raised.
Post # 11
I come from a family of adults who are all pretty “old school”. So my son is getting brought up similar to how I was raised. He gets dirty, skins his knees, and we just kind of let him be a kid. He had baths in the sink, he ran around in a diaper only, etc. Like I said, we use common sense and so far so good!
Post # 12
When my stepsisters were kids, they lived in the country, and their Mum used to send them out of the door in the morning with their riding gear and say she didn’t want to see them until dinner time.
I also recently watched a documentary about the 1960s? 1970s? in which two children were allowed to walk down a busy A road with no pavement, just the two of them. The eldest was about 5. The youngest was still in nappies. This was seen as pefectly OK. I nearly spat out my tea.
Post # 13
My mom cleaned the litterbox everyday while pregnant with me. Apparently that’s a thing now.
Otherwise when I was a kid my parents were pretty protective, but I definitely played in the dirt and drank from the hose too. My dad also used to throw me up in the air and catch me, which could have had some bad consequences obviously.
Post # 14
umm… yeah… I just drank straight from the hose yesterday…
Post # 15
Well the most dangerous thing I think I was exposed to as a child was being left alone in the mall and having a stranger try to abduct me. Other than that I played with knives, bugs, etc., didn’t wear sunscreen and my grandpa let me try whiskey when I was 3 (it was horrible and now I don’t drink lol). Oddly enough I think my childhood pales in comparison to my grandmother’s, she was trying to not get raped/killed by Japanese soldiers as a child. When she was 14 and her sister was 12, they fled China and raised themselves in Taiwan (they never saw their parents alive again).
Post # 16
@BrandNewBride: My siblings & I were stomach sleepers too. My almost 6 month old son sometimes sleeps on his tummy. The horror, the horror.