Friday, June 01, 2007

It's Not Paranoia If They Really Are Out To Get You

From the DDI Vantage (Early Intervention) newsletter:
Children fall and get hurt. Whether it is from learning how to walk, run and jump or tripping and falling on the ground, it is a fact of life. Some situations naturally leave more opportunities for children to get hurt. A few of those situations are:
  • When parents are busy or absent.
  • When children are not involved in planned activities.
  • In the early morning or other times when they are sleepy or tired.
  • During field trips in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • When unsafe equipment is available.
  • When potential poisons are not stored properly.
Here are four ways to prevent injuries:
  • Create a safe place for children to play
  • Use prevention strategies
  • Prepare for emergencies
  • Teach safety to children and parents

See, things like this are why I'm so paranoid that people are judging me and my parenting skills by my kids not being perfect. The mere fact that they would lump in not storing poisons and not supervising your child with innocuous things like sending your kid on field trips, or even things out of your control like it being early morning, and then make suggestions how to prevent these things, makes me scared that they're judging me for every little thing I fail to do, whether I can do it or not. And this isn't a parent newsletter written by ignorant people. This newsletter is written by early education specialists and social workers. People who have not only the power, but the duty to turn you in to the state if they think you're neglecting your kids. That someone like that would lump the time of day in with active neglect troubles me deeply.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go talk to all the clock-makers to persuade them to take out early morning, for the Safety Of The Children.

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