Monday, May 04, 2009

All of you, calm down

Oh Lord I could marry this woman, but will settle for buying this book. This will keep domestic peace with my fiancée:
Then there are products out there that will prevent this from happening. Here is a helmet your child could wear when she starts to toddle, lest she fall over and split her head open and die, or suffer traumatic brain injury.

Kids have been toddling -- it's a whole stage we actually call toddlerhood -- ever since we started walking upright, which has been a pretty successful experiment for the human species. But now you're supposed to think that it's too dangerous for a kid to do without extra protection and without extra supervision and without this stupid thing you can buy.

There are kneepads that you're supposed to put on your kid because crawling is considered too dangerous for the knees, as if knees weren't built for crawling. That's why they're cute and dimpled and fat.
This isn't an argument for carelessness, but an argument for perspective. See in the same article her comparison between kids today and suburban housewives of the 1950s. Very interesting.


Vicki said...

Well, just to show you, I'm gonna pad our baby's playpen with broken glass and rusty nails. Toughen her up. So there. Love me more yet?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the used hypodermic needles!!! 10 vaccinations in one!