Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Your Turn

Things you did as a child you would never let your own kids do. When is the last time you let your kids play outside all day all over the neighborhood and not come back until after dark?

27 comments:

MISCH said...

Where should I begin….too many things, times have changed.

Kourtney Kardashian said...

I wouldn't leave them alone with matches, or their uncle Rob. He'd try to eat them.

Rob Kardashian said...

You are ridiculous. And slow.

Kim Kardashian said...

You're so right, Kourt! I never leave Nori alone with him

Bruce Jenner said...

I'm in my 60's everything has changed!

rajahcat said...

Well that....the outside all day thing...so sad the way of the world now

I might have to say college now too....it's becoming a joke. So many young people who can't get jobs with their business/liberal arts degrees complaining......why? because they are not really qualified to do much. Great system those universities got going there. Go back to trade schools, specialize in something....really think about what you are majoring in and what the job outcome can be.

I know-its a rant.

sugarbread maker said...

I used to walk home from my friends house late at night in a big neighborhood. Never with my future kids.

Rob Kardashian said...

I saw you taking Nori to the salon for her eyebrow waxing that you deny you do, Kim. Stop waxing your baby!
Why don't you go get more botox. You're starting to melt.

Susan said...

Kids play outside in my neighborhood until dark all the time. I believe there were just as many nutjobs when we were kids, but now it's just out there more with the Internets, child predator registries, etc., etc.

I walked all over town when I was a kid, but my parents' house is literally in the center of town, near the schools and downtown. I live on the other side of the tracks near all of the farms. Blueberry fields are literally my back yard. So, I don't think my son will be hoofin it all over the place unless he's hanging at Mommom's.

My parents were really lax with their rules, at least with me, the goody two-shoes straight-A middle child. They let me go to South Street on the train by the time I was a freshman. I never had a curfew, and the coolest thing about my parents was that they let us listen to any music we liked, read any book we wanted to and watch any movie we wanted. They were also pretty chill about the Internets. AOL chatrooms, anyone? LMAO.

They also let us have a glass of wine or a beer on special occasions in high school.

I will most likely repeat all of these offenses.

Becca Parker said...

I was 10 & rode all over Chicago on the L.
Not a chance in hell any kids of mine are doing that!

AsileM said...

We used to play near a river. Our parents encouraged us to go outside and explore. We had a tree fort and would spend all day there. I think our parents felt that there was safety in numbers and that we lived in a rural town so no one would snatch us up. I think everyone was to broke to pay a baby sitter honestly. Our town did not have cable back then. There was Atari, but no video games like there is now. A different time.

Lord Disick said...

Being an only child gave me the freedom to do things most kids did not. For instance, my driver to school let me go in late a few days a week so I could level up on my gameboy. The joys of adolescence.

Sprink said...

I let my eldest play until dark. He's only 9, but has a walkie talkie. It's a small village, every odyssey knows him, and I worry more about traffic than I do crazies. He can outrun the crazies.

No way will I chain them to the house or ferry them about while I wait. Just shoot us all, if that's the case.

Michael H said...

When I was between the ages of 10 and 13, my mom used to put me on a Greyhound from Buffalo to Cincinnati to see my dad. The Cleveland bus station layover was frightening, to say the least.

But really, this place has to be safer than when we were kids, we just didn't have Nancy Grace back then. It's not like pedos just got invented either. Our country is a police state, surveillance cameras all over, yet we talk about how safe it used to be. Ok.

Violet said...

Read Enid Blyyon books and eat KFC and McDs. Only joking, of course I let them read Enid Blyton - what self respecting parent wouldn't let their child read all about white middle class children and golliwogs?

califblondy said...

We rode in the back of my Dad's pickup all the time. I couldn't imagine doing that now.

MollyMo said...

I let my kids play outside until dark, but I keep a close eye on them and let them know to never get close to a stranger and to scream and run inside if anyone comes near them. Might seem silly but a 10 year old girl from Springfield, MO was abducted right in front of her neighbor's house yesterday and they found her body. Thank God they've arrested the man who did it already. Sick, sad world we live in when kids can't just be kids.

Brenda L said...

Stay gone all day, skip school, smoke pot, drink beer....

fancyscreenname said...

@califblondy
+1
A bunch of us would climb in the back of the beat up red pick up and my aunt would tear down the highway (south Carolina). In hindsight it was sooooo dangerous. At 10 we had no concept of how dangerous it was. SMH. I would never let my kids. I think they outlawed that.

WareCat said...

Shit.
Me & my high school bff used to call chat lines in the late 90s & have random dudes bring us beer.
One random decided to jack off in front of like 5 of us.
I have so many disturbing memories of high school.

Count Jerkula said...

I had a pocket knife when I was 3, and allowed to carry it around when I was 5.

Count Jerkula said...

@WareCat: How would you rate his dick on a scale of 1-10?

WareCat said...

Dude was prob a 4, Jerk.
Homeboy last nite was easily a 9.5.

Count Jerkula said...

Get it, Betch!

Furriner said...

We lived in an isolated neighborhood growing up. In order to go up town we literally had to "cross the tracks" -- freight trains would be parked there and really there was no crossing. We used to cross by going under moving trains... no, the trains were not going very fast. But still, it gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. I was around 8 - 10 years old.

I don't have any kids.

Del Riser said...

I grew up in Seattle. My girlfriend and I at age 8 would walk to Green lake every day in summer alone, spend the day at the lake. We ate breakfast, went out to play, ate lunch, went out to play until dark.

We also went to Woodland Park Zoo and would spend the entire day exploring. We were never bothered by anybody.

Every summer from 7th grade through my Junior year, I rode the Greyhound bus from Seattle to Sweet Home Oregon alone,to stay with my grandparents and pick beans to earn money for school clothes.

I wouldn't let my kids do any of those things. The world got ugly.

lucy said...

I grew up in a rural area and now I live in suburban Chicago. Pretty much everything I did as a kid will be a no-no. Hell, I don't even feel safe taking a walk by myself in my neighborhood. If Mr. Lucy can't go with me I have to have a cell phone and pepper spray.

Our first little one is on the way. I don't think I'm going to be able to raise him or her here.