Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Puériculture (child rearing).


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I can accept almost every whim to do with the raising of babies/children, but these two examples drive me to despair.

I don't know what it is about babies with ridiculously yukky headbands, or kids attached to reins, but to me they seem like child abuse. NO, NO, NO.

They both make me want to SCREAM.



46 comments:

  1. I hate those headbands they put on baby girls. They look ridiculous. And kids on leashes...that's just sad.

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  2. My niece must have one hundred headbands for her two daughters, a toddler and a baby. My younger brother was on a leash in about 1962 because of his wandering off.

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    1. Could you have a quiet word with your niece?

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    2. Nah, I am out of touch with what young people do. Already people see me as a grumpy old man.

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  3. Toddlers in busy shopping malls need reigns.

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  4. Headbands are ridiculous. But reins are sometimes very necessary. Those terrible twos can be be up and off in an instant and the harder you try to catch them the faster they run. If it stops them dashing out into a road or disappearing into a crowd i say yes!

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  5. Reins are far better than having a young child injured or killed by suddenly running into traffic. I have seen too many near misses.

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    1. We never treated our three like horses, and they're all still alive.

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  6. My tiny grandchildren have backpacks with a lead attached to that. My tiny grandchildren run much faster than I can. They are very obedient and well behaved - but sometimes they dart off with great excitement. I feel much safer being attached to them by a lead :-D

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    1. I used to hold their hands, or put them up on my shoulders.

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    2. A small child who wants to run will easily pull it's hand out of the most grippy of grips, and as a grandmother I could not even think of getting them on my shoulders! Reins keep them safe when small.

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    3. I once saw a man drop his child from his shoulders as he stumbled. It was horrific, and I cringe every time I see someone carrying a child in that way. I used reins with my girls, but held the reins and their hand at the same time.

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  7. I agree about the headbands, but when I had three children I did sometimes have to use the reins if I was in a busy shopping environment. Trying to steer a double pushchair at the same time as trying to keep another child holding on to the pushchair while I steered my way along crowded pavements was a nightmare.

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    1. OK, let's start with the banning of yukky headbands. I'll work on the reins later.

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  8. I agree. I have never seen them here.

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  9. Oh those terrible headbands ... we were talking about them yesterday !!!! They are AWFUL !!!
    .... if you see a baby with one of those headbands, they usually have their ears pierced as well !!!!! Child abuse !!!! XXXX

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    1. Those headbands literally make me want to scream. Very Jeremy Kyle-ish.

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  10. The headbands must be so itchy and uncomfortable, babies don't need adornment. Reins have their place, young toddlers running amok in busy, urban places. Not needed in the countryside of course.

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    1. There cannot be a single argument for the use of headbands; and they make babies look like idiots (which isn't fair on them).

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  11. I used reins when necessary. It saved many a nasty fall and meant I knew where he was in a busy environment.
    Arilx

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    1. No, I won't give in. I HATE REINS.

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    2. We will just have to agree to disagree then Croxx

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    3. More than a few highly active children have not dashed into traffic because their mothers did not have enough hands to carry a baby and firmly grasp a tiny hand. Fortunately their mothers had no prejudice.

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  12. Headbands are awful and are often on ugly or bald babies.
    I used to have reins as a child and I am wondering if I can get a larger size for my husband who can disappear in a trice when in a supermarket.

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    1. Have you been colluding with my wife?

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  13. I have only seen those bands on bald girl babies. It's an obvious clue as to the sex of the child methinks. Awful things! Whereas reins have a place when walking more than one child in a crowded place. I wish I had the skill to photoshop a band onto your photo!

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    1. Are you trying to put 'Missing Persons' people out of a job?

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  14. I have to say that I love those baby suits with teddybear ears on the hoods. I don't know why, but I do.

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    1. I believe they make 'onesies' with ears in adult sizes. I could enquire if you like.

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    2. Totally different thing, Tom.

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    3. I am getting one. Is it such a different thing, Jennifer? More different than putting a hat on a dog to photograph it?

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  15. When I was a child, children being harnessed was common. No one questioned it. I have not seen one in many years which is a good thing. Have they come back?

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    1. I hope not. I haven't seen one either for years.

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  16. Headbands, no. Reins,YES! Especially when your two year old daughter wriggles out of your tightly clasped hand, then races towards the automatic opening doors - which promptly close behind her. She ran across the road, in and out of the traffic. Fortunately, my mother, was on the other side of the road and grabbed her. I fainted on the pavement and they had to bring ME the first-aider. From then on, she was in reins. Couldn't trust her at all. She ran away from me once more, at a beach in Vendee, straight down the sand dunes into the water. I had taught her to swim, but she was right out of her depth, with a strong tide. Fortunately, there was a French lady swimmer who grabbed her by the hair. We would have lost her if it wasn't for that woman. My daughter has always been a bit wilful - it's the red hair!

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    1. She sounds more of a straight-jacket, leg irons, and handcuffs gal. I still wouldn't use reins.

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  17. Reins are to keep children back from biting and the headband is used as a muzzle. Jokes aside I also do not like the headband but, like Yael, I've never seen reins here either.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. People outside of the UK don't treat their children like dolls or dogs.

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  18. I'm afraid that I have to add my vote to the reins users. Whilst I used to hold my children's hands there were occasions - particularly when there was one parent and the two youngsters - when reins were a wise option. As a wee bairn I was very much intent on freedom and my mother used reins. I've not suffered psychologically or physically from the 'deprivation' of freedom.

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    1. I'm not for turning; I can't stand either of them.

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  19. There was, maybe still is, a brisk business in those sorts of baby photos. It went beyond the headband into uncharted territories such as: babies in large gourds, babies in baskets, babies as Santa, etc. I can't abide by any of it, to be honest.

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  20. My husband was put on a "leash" as a child and, get this, his mother tied him to a tree on the front yard and put all his toys around him. Dear god, it's a wonder he turned out as normal as he did!!! -Jenn

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