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From: bren
Date: 03-19-2003, 07:08 AM (1 of 8)
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who
were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's,
shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets,
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with
sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were
always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and
no one actually died from this. We would spend hours building our
go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out
we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we
learned to solve the problem.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as
we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able
to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video
games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies,
surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or
Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there
no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to
blame but us. Remember accidents?
We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and
learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls
and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did
not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the
door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Little
League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students
weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held
back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted
for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected, one
to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and
problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been
an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure,
law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

Don't let anyone ...Live Rent Free In Your Head
User: bren
Member since: 11-30-2002
Total posts: 489
From: MaryW
Date: 03-19-2003, 08:01 AM (2 of 8)
Truer words were never spoken!
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: sewingrandma
Date: 03-20-2003, 01:27 AM (3 of 8)
I agree Mary, truer words were never said. There is a law suit going on right now here. A 6th grade girl wants to be a cheerleader. The school policy is not until you are in the 7th grade. Because she wants to, her parents are suing the school system. The word "no" isn't used enough with our younger generation. They want and the parents do their best to get it for them. All 3 of my children had to work for their college education. We supported their efforts and encouraged and helped finacally when they really and truely needed it and they were showing good faith effort. They are all proud that they did it themselves. BTW we didn't have cable tv, nintendo etc in the house. TV was for special shows and most of the time it was PBS.
They played outside, got dirty, and acted like kids are supposed to.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
From: MissMinx
Date: 03-20-2003, 05:26 AM (4 of 8)
Too true, Bren.

Remember when they painted the walls inside the house with the DDT mixed with the whitewash? And did not have any pollution control? :nc:
But cheer up, things are changing. They are now saying that it is not very good to hide from the sun all the time – you will lack vitamin D which can make you pretty sick. And this is after they found out that margarine is worse than proper butter! Things will get back to normal…. Eventually… you’ll see.

User: MissMinx
Member since: 02-14-2003
Total posts: 140
From: Yannick
Date: 03-20-2003, 07:31 AM (5 of 8)
OK tell me who are the bureaucrats.....40's 50's 60's and 70's kids.I wouldn't in my life let my child unattache in a car.The numbers of cars on the road is 4th time greater than when I was a kid.My DD wear a helmet for skating or riding her bike,why because I suffered from head injury and I don't think it is a neccessary experience in one's life.I will pay the tuition fees and books when my kids go to colledge and university,So they can concentrate on studying not running after money.

I do agree with saying NO,kids need to have limits settled.But what do you do when the nearest kids your age is 6 blocks away and you are a 5yo? Maybe I am biased because I have small children or maybe I am scared to death that they get hit by a car or snatch away from me.I want to know where they are and whom they are,meet the parents of her friends,try that when every one is working!LOL Quite challenging.

Off my soap box.

User: Yannick
Member since: 10-30-2002
Total posts: 49
From: MaryW
Date: 03-20-2003, 07:49 AM (6 of 8)
Yeah, times have definitely changed. Some things have changed for the better, others definitely not.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: MissMinx
Date: 03-21-2003, 05:13 AM (7 of 8)
Yannick, I’ve been where you are at right now, juggle and try to do and be everything…
My daughter is 33 now, but I did what you do, worry and protect – it’s only natural. And every new mother will do it does not matter what. Take care.
User: MissMinx
Member since: 02-14-2003
Total posts: 140
From: kim bresee
Date: 03-21-2003, 10:41 AM (8 of 8)
Hi Yannick,its true that our kids today need to be watched a little more closely while outside..ect but they have alot more advantages like coumputer,internet..ect.I grew up in the 70s and had many chores,and now my 4 kids also have them ages 14-3.I think its inportant for them to have some acomplishment even at age three,she love to help me with the dishes and her job is to put the sliverware away and when I tell her thanks for helping me her face glows and she wants more chores.I have friends who dont belive their kids should have them and they dont belive you should give the kids money if they do have them(but I do )I guess everyones different in how they want to raise thier kids.!!! Kim:bluewink:
User: kim bresee
Member since: 10-29-2002
Total posts: 19
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