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Parents think it's too dangerous to let kids outside in snow
UK Telegraph ^ | January 18, 2013

Posted on 01/18/2013 1:02:36 PM PST by Hojczyk

Worried parents will ban their children from making snowmen and having snowball fights this winter - for fear they will catch a cold, a study found.

The protective one in five mums and dads, 20 per cent, will try to stop their youngsters falling ill by keeping them wrapped up warm indoors.

Furthermore, 29 per cent say it is "too dangerous" to let them outside because they may slip on ice or be bruised by a tightly-packed snowball.

That is despite many parents admitting they "enjoyed" playing outside when they were younger, the study by Chessington World of Adventures Resort found.

A stressed 20 per cent say they are "too tired" or "too busy" to supervise their children outside, so they find it easier to ban them completely.

David Smith, General Manager at Chessington World of Adventures Resort said: "Building snowmen and throwing snowballs are activities children have been doing for years.

"Getting outside and having fun is all part of growing up so it is a shame many of today's youngsters are not experiencing this fun as parents are scared they may catch a cold or get hurt.

"Whether it's in the snow or in warmer temperatures, studies have shown playing outside is good for children's health, is character building, and can also boost their confidence."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 01/18/2013 1:02:39 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Good! More snow for us!


2 posted on 01/18/2013 1:04:37 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Hojczyk

It is amazing how many people still believe that viral infections, colds and influenza, are caused by exposure to cool temperatures.


3 posted on 01/18/2013 1:07:26 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Hojczyk

well, I suppose that explains why the Brits don’t have an Empire any longer...


4 posted on 01/18/2013 1:07:26 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Hojczyk

Oh, it’s British parents. Figures...


5 posted on 01/18/2013 1:10:29 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: Hojczyk
In my childhood, the wx didn't matter. From the standpoint of self interest, of less property damage, my mother was always kicking me and my brothers out of the house.
6 posted on 01/18/2013 1:12:51 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: Hojczyk

In my day, Canadian moms put razor sharp blades on their kids feet and shoved them outdoors to find a frozen pond. If the kids were boys, they gave them a stick with a sharp bend at the end, and a half pound of hard rubber. They told the boys to hit that rubber as hard as they could with the stick, in the general direction of other boys — and to knock down, or punch out any other boys, who got in their way.

Snow was for building forts and snowballs. If you had enough of it piled up nearby, you could tunnel in it, until the whole works collapsed on you. If you had a hill nearby, you sled down it, with anything that came to hand. Just remember to roll off, just before the big tree.

When you had frostbite on all your extremities, you could come in and get a scalding-hot cup of cocoa.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 1:15:33 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Jacquerie

In Carlisle MA it is illegal for anyone to throw a snowball.


8 posted on 01/18/2013 1:16:41 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

seriously ??


9 posted on 01/18/2013 1:20:07 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Hojczyk

The long, long winters of the Boston area...my sons would have eaten me alive if I was like this. : )


10 posted on 01/18/2013 1:22:33 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: massgopguy

Soon it will be illegal to have more then 10 snowballs in your possession.


11 posted on 01/18/2013 1:23:41 PM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Hojczyk

Don’t eat the yellow snow!


12 posted on 01/18/2013 1:23:41 PM PST by jim_trent
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To: Hojczyk
On a day like today I would have been out on the lake skating, fishing or just sliding around.

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13 posted on 01/18/2013 1:25:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh that is one sweet pond!!! Not even any shopping carriages or anything sticking out of the ice (that I can see)...man, those were the best days, skating until you couldn’t feel your feet.


14 posted on 01/18/2013 1:36:22 PM PST by Fedupwithit (You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

You see this in the United States too. There was a map put out on the internet (I can’t remember the site) that showed how far each generation allowed their kids to roam away from the house without supervision. In the 50s, it was a couple miles, in the 70s, it was perhaps a mile and now, it was a block. Parents are allowing their kids to do less and less activities that involve risk. In the old days, a kid breaking his arm was no big deal. A kid getting in a fight was no big deal. These days, its a crisis.


15 posted on 01/18/2013 1:37:37 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Hojczyk

***because they may slip on ice or be bruised by a tightly-packed snowball. ***

Bruised? When we were kids in NM we fought serious snow ball fights! The kids we were fighting started putting rocks in their snowballs, we fought back by putting cactus in ours!


16 posted on 01/18/2013 1:45:07 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Hojczyk

The British USED to be Lions, striding over the world.

They’ve turned, in two generations, from Lions. . . .to hamsters. . . a nation of eunuch sheeple. . .


17 posted on 01/18/2013 1:46:14 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Just scanning over this free range kids site and its kind of refreshing to see a lack of hysteria.

http://www.freerangekids.com/


18 posted on 01/18/2013 1:53:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hojczyk

The more time a kid spends outside playing, especially in the dirt, the healthy they are. Period.

Son #2 had the name of Pigpen when he was little after the Peanuts comic strip character and for much the same reason. I’d have him scrubbed and dressed to go out and he would be filthy by the time I got him from the house to the car. He loved to lay in the dirt and play with his toy cars and construction equipment. But, he was rarely sick. Even now, if he says he’s not feeling well, which rarely happens, he’s really sick (he just turned 31).

I don’t know what’s wrong with people today. The more exposure kids have to dirt and things, the better off they are.

That which does not kill you makes you stronger!


19 posted on 01/18/2013 2:17:58 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Hojczyk

We usually played touch but with deep snow we played tackle football. Snow time was fun time for me and my friends. Tunnels, forts, snowball fights, getting cold and frozen then coming home to moms warm dinner and warm house


20 posted on 01/18/2013 2:19:42 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey, I’m a middle aged white male and I drive a (gasp) WHITE VAN. I can’t drive the slow school zone speed limits or I’ll have parents taking pictures of me with their phones and expect the SWAT team to stop me within a few blocks.


21 posted on 01/18/2013 2:48:58 PM PST by conservaterian (NOW can we have a conservative candidate?????)
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To: cripplecreek

Last weekend my 11 year old son asked to go sledding. We headed off to the local university to sled on a good hill. A “rent a cop” showed up and informed us there was “NO sledding anywhere on campus. The rule is listed in the Faculty Staff Handbook and the Student Handbook due to LIABILITY concerns.” I am so sick of people trying to legislate the fun out of everything in life.


22 posted on 01/18/2013 2:49:36 PM PST by IDConservative
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To: IDConservative

You say the rule is listed in the faculty and student handbooks? I assume this is an open campus, so unless your kid is faculty or a student, how is the rent-a-cop gonna stop you?


23 posted on 01/18/2013 3:38:24 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: Opinionated Blowhard


Parents are allowing their kids to do less and less activities that involve risk. In the old days, a kid breaking his arm was no big deal. A kid getting in a fight was no big deal. These days, its a crisis.

Yes it's a crisis nowadays as parents have experienced lawsuits (filed against/to), draconian Child Services regulations, a severe coarsening on our culture, the inherent dangers of today's society, peer pressure to push the envelope...etc.

24 posted on 01/18/2013 3:55:22 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Hojczyk
Just think--once, these people built an empire that spanned the globe. What in god's name has happened.
25 posted on 01/18/2013 3:58:26 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Cowboy Bob; Salgak; hinckley buzzard

Frankly, are American parents any better?. I doubt it. And as stupid as these parents are, it still means that 80% are sensible parents.

If we arent what we once were, then frankly neither are you. We arent the UK of 1815, 1914 or 1940, but then you lot arent the USA of 1776, 1917 or 1941 either.


26 posted on 01/20/2013 6:00:04 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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