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#1 of 10 Old 07-24-2005, 09:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We have a store that has a fun room for kids, videos, crayons etc.
Sure half the reason you go is for 30 minutes of peace while they do kid things and you can shop or grab a coffee.

Anyways I go today and recently (three weeks ago) they've changed their policy from 38 inches tall to over 39 inches tall to go into the supervised play room - (plus toilet trained) Okay my son IS 39 inches tall but he didn't measure up to that silly statue type thing..
(my doctor measured him without shoes over 6 months ago...and he was 39 inches then...sigh I guess they are more correct but you can't make a scene infront of your kids)

We left quietly and my son took it very well.

To make a long story short it got me thinking....
Boys are usually on average taller than girls
North American children taller than immigrants from certain countries.

So I got the CDC growth charts...my oldest is half asian and I have friends who have adopted from China so I know that certain groups of people have different growth patterns, average heights..

In America :
75% of Boys are 39 inches or before the age of four
75% of Girls are 39 inches or taller at or beyond the age of four and a half years.

When you look at statistics for Asian children...
Only 50% of Chinese girls would be that height at five years of age
but only 5% of American Girls
and less than 2% of American Boys would not be over 39 inches at five.

Also I have a friend who has drawfism she's just over that at thirty years of age...sigh....

I am writing a letter but?
Is this discrimination even if they don't realise it?

8 might be enough
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#2 of 10 Old 07-24-2005, 09:19 PM
 
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I'd say if your child is potty trained and at least 3 yo., talk to them and maybe they'll make an exception. An age restriction would be more fair than a height one, for sure.

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I think that they are just trying to use height as an indicator of age, which is dumb in my opinion.

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I'd write a letter. The store probably hasn't even thought about it this way. I imagine they use the height thing to keep people from lying about their kids' ages.

Shoot, I'd never have thought of it as being sexist or racist, either. But I think you have a point.
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I can understand about the height thing for carnival rides, but my 6 year old is only 43 inches tall.

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I don't think it's sexist or racist. . .

Did you ask why they changed the policy? was there an incident so bad that it lead to a change ? I can imagine issues that lead to a fully potty trained rule but I don't understand the height requirement.

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I don't know but I'm so sorry for your DS. My DD is only 4.5 and already 42". I feel so bad for her because when she was small enough for things like that she was to young to want to do them. Now that she wants to do them she can't and it's not because of something she can control.

I'd write to the company, or honestly, if there isn't an attendant or someone inforcing the "rule" I'd let him play regardless of height.

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I would ask about the policy. Do they have any gym/jungle gym type equipment? If the kids are running around the smaller ones are more likely to get hurt.
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I hate those height restrictions but for the opposite reason, my kids are tall and when there are height limits, say to get in free to things, I end up having to pay waaay before people with short kids, who might be as much as 2 or 3 years older than my tall kid, have to pay.

The bottom line is that the reason they have these policies is because people lie about their kids' ages. If we all told the truth, it would be much easier.
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yea, the height restriction is stupid, age would be more appropriate, they're trying to be cute and look like a carnival ride.
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