Originally Posted by mommy2maya
I don't think it is paranoid to ask older children to stay inside- honestly, it is not far fetched that a rock could be thrown- a pp said she had a rock thrown thru a window- this is NOT uncommon. It only takes once. It's not about keeping their hands out. It's about teaching safety and staying out of harms reach.
I think this is a nice and interesting discussion but SERIOUS injury to YOUNG children with mowers is not a problem. One can teach safety in many way, just saying no does IMHO not work well at all.
Parents are in general, I'm not picking at you although it may sound like it, terrible at judging what's dangerous for their own children since there is strong emotional bond. What parents fear the most is normally the least dangerous. That's just the way it is.
This is why traffic deaths is the number one cause of death for young children in US. Parents just don't think it's very dangerous. They are too busy worrying about things which may sound dangerous but isn't in reality.
Not allowing a child to be outside when mowing may sound like a good idea but is in reality hundreds of times more dangerous than a child being inside. Each year 25 children die from a falling television set in the home. Other accidents inside the home are also high up on the list for fatalities. Mowing the lawn with young responsible children is nowhere near top of any dangerous list.
Mowing the grass with a very young child may not be good due to noise etc. but that's common sense IMHO