So about the cotton wool generation??
We live in the country. When it rains, we go out in it. DS (17mo) slashes in puddles, digs in the mud and runs around. If its hot when it rains he gets nude. Or wanders down the street in a nappy splashing in the gutter. And every arvo once the sun loses its sting he gets nude and runs around in the garden.
He sometimes finds food he has thrown on the floor and eats it.
He drinks bathwater with pee in it sometimes too. (I figure some health nuts drink pee as a remedy so it can't be all bad).
Sure we wash hands before meals, I cook on clean surfaces, and the house is pretty clean though not always tidy. I also try to teach him to respect other peoples spaces so he is not the terror kid that destroys other peoples houses. Not always an easy feat. But generally I sometimes wonder if he is the only free range kid left.
Germaphobia is rife. What is the worst that could happen. Seriously? I mean we don't have cholera or typhoid here and I remember floating leaves down the gutter when it rained and I grew up in the city!!
I'm so done with people saying NO YUCKY to my son!! Yeah some stuff is NO YUCKY like cigarette butts or trash but what about clean dirt? The kind boys seem to love being covered in? And why is nudity so bad? As a kid we nuded up at the beach until prob about 5 or 6yrs old. Why do I get funny looks if my 1 yr old gets nude in the lake? Is it paedoephilia-phobia? And do people really still believe that kids should be seen and not heard? I read an article on recently about how the world was moving towards less child friendly spaces and I can totally feel that. Its like the world expects kids to look and act like mini grown ups but also to be coddled and clean.
Ok rant over.