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I have decided that now that we are in the far north, and it is finally spring, we will be barefooting it until it becomes too cold again. My concerns are about the unkempt-ness of the town. Whenever construction is done, nobody seems to think it's inappropriate to just leave nails, screws, broken shingles, siding remnants, etc... wherever they land. Our roof was reshingled last year (before we arrived) and there are large roofing staples all over the place. I spent a few hours hand-raking (yes, it's what it sounds like) to remove them, and I'm not even close to half done the front yard. There is still some difficulty with broken glass, but the LCBO has been doing a lot of changing to plastics here in the north for that reason (lots of public drunkeness).<br><br>
So I cannot fathom continuing to deprive our children of experiencing the earth with their feet now that I am aware. I instructed them while we were outside today. We talked about 'listening' to our feet, lifting them if anything feels uncomfortable, and also watching where we step. It's actually more dangerous, IMO, for them to wear their wellies because the nails/screws/staples will just poke right through without them having had the benefit of feeling first and avoiding them.<br><br>
I thought of giving them some lightweight skin thongs that they can just slip on/tie on but that will only provide limited protection, and again, it will also dull their sensation.<br><br>
Any thoughts? Do you just let them walk around and trust that as they learn they will not gash their feet open? The littlest actually managed to walk over a PILE of glass that is stuck to our patio stones (and that I was guarding, but he is sooooo quick- mind you, as he walked over it, he slowed down and obviously felt it, then went to the steps, sat down, said, "Ouch, foot," as he turned it to look and pointed at it for my benefit. Did he learn a lesson from that?) and he did have a really small and shallow cut from it, but I suppose he's light enough that it didn't go right in. Is that how it works; as he grows heavier, he's already gained experience so while he makes mistakes they aren't devastating?<br><br>
Calling the barefoots! Tell me your experiences!
 

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We go barefoot at home. I prefer it, but the kids have learned because that's the custom here so you don't track in lava rocks.<br><br>
I don't think I'd let them go barefoot in town for safety reasons, but I agree barefoot is best most of the time. Hawaii is one of the few (or the only one) states where it is not illegal to drive barefoot. I wear shoes to the car, then kick them off to drive, and occasionally get out of the car barefoot to go into a convenience store or pump gas.<br><br>
I think it's like any other method of protecting your children, if you can't control the environment you aren't guaranteed it will be up to your standards.<br><br>
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i always go barefoot whenever i can. i use a pumice stone on my heels, as they they get pretty ugly from being bare foot. i drive with no shoes either. i asked a cop if it was illegal. he told me that was an old wive's tale. i live in illinois.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Weird. One of the first things I read about this place was a proclamation that we could drive barefoot here. But, according to research, you are correct!<br><br><a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20030618105020/http://www.urbanlegends.com/legal/driving.barefoot/driving_barefoot.html" target="_blank">http://web.archive.org/web/200306181..._barefoot.html</a><br><br>
but according to the DOT, it is illegal.<br><br><a href="http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/24408" target="_blank">http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/24408</a><br><br>
I'm guessing it just isn't enforced because it isn't specifically spelled out in the driver's manuals.<br><br>
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We don't go barefoot for several reasons... one being hookworm. It is easily treated from what I know, but I would still rather my children not get it.<br><br>
Another is remembering my sister getting stitches in her foot from cutting it on a sharp rock. Ouch.<br><br>
I do let my kids go in the sandbox barefoot and on some grass, but not that often.
 

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I remember stepping on a bit of broken glass when I was running thru the woods barefoot at a lake when I was about 6-8. I cut it quite deeply and it hurt SO BAD. Then i got a nasty infection in my foot and was off my feet all summer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Just not worth it for an ideal.
 

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We go barefoot in the house always. In the yard often. At parks quite a bit. Elsewhere not so much....<br><br>
And it's perfectly legal to drive barefoot here in TX <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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i'm sorry but i have never in my life heard of the barefootists. we go barefoot in the house and sometimes when i'm walking up the hill to my apt but barefoot everywhere?...nope. never thought of doing it, i don't even like looking at spit on the sidewalk much less accidentally stepping on it, and that's with shoes on. i can't fathom walking around with shoes off.<br>
umm...good luck i guess.
 

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we are not hardcore barefeet people...but we are barefoot often...<br><br>
we talk to the kids a lot about watching where we are walking, making sure we are walking around things that look/are dangerous...an example is dads shop area, and his welding and car maintainance and how that could be dangerous to our feet...we have had to deal with pulling metal splinters out of feet because of walking where dad was welding...since then, that child wears shoes when he plans on walking around that area...lesson learned...<br><br>
we wear shoes for safety reasons, and we make sure that the shoes that we are wearing are flexible and comfortable...<br><br>
if i could get away with it, i wouldnt wear shoes at all... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
peace...
 

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check out the tribe<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=463779" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=463779</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i go barefoot as often as i can out back on walks with the kids in town everywhere i can - i just watch where i step. my son is allowed to go barefoot often enough alwasy inside and outback- also sometimes on walks depending on where we ar and he is 2 1/2 i alwasy scan the ground outside when we are walking or outback so he or i do not step in something- so far nothing bad ha shappened but i wouled do it ALL the time
 

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I like wearing shoes out of the house, but my daughter would happily go barefoot everywhere.<br><br>
She goes out in the yard barefoot very often, takes her shoes off at parks/sandboxes sometimes, and we are always barefoot at home, but when we go out we are always going into places that have rules about shoes . . . restaurants, shopping, etc so it wouldn't be practical to go without shoes. I let her when she was smaller, but I think they're unavoidable now.<br><br>
Considering the surfaces she can walk painlessly over, I joke that dd has hobbit feet!
 

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Everyone is barefoot at home here. In the house, in the yard. Occassionally at a park - depends on the park and the neighbourhood.<br><br>
Not so much anywhere else. I live in a new suburb (the houses across the alley were not there last summer) so there is construction garbage around. The only other area we are in regularly is just off downtown and has some unsavoury people who have unsavoury practices in it.<br><br>
It astounds me that people go about their house in shoes.
 

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After reading some of the responses here I ended up thinking about one of my nephews. He loves being barefoot! It seems to be such a need for him and I find it so interesting that some people crave that sort of flesh to earth contact while others do not.
 

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After reading some of the responses here I ended up thinking about one of my nephews. He loves being barefoot! It seems to be such a need for him and I find it so interesting that some people crave that sort of flesh to earth contact while others do not.
 
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