A little bit of Madness

A little bit of Madness

Do you remember…………………..
Being able to go on the monkey bars,
WAAAY HIGH off the ground, do flips,
Be able to go on a few a time with friends?
Sing a variety of fun songs with hand signs and be able to celebrate, and wear what ever you like? Well these days you can’t do anything like that anymore.

I have heard stories from other mum’s where they have had sign wavers for their kid to go to a birthday party, so if the kid gets injured the parents can’t sue.

Are we really coming to a point where our kids can’t just scrape their knees, have fun, without it being about money? And what’s wrong about scraping our knees? Part of growing up isn’t it?

My mother and sister, and myself for a period of time, work as daycare workers, and every couple of weeks, things change quiet rapidly.
For example my sister told me, they were no longer were allowed to signal the ‘diamond in the sky’ when singing twinkle twinkle little star, because it’s the upside down signing of vagina in sign language…… Yep…

Ask yourself, did you know that growing up? did you know that before I told you? If your answer is no, then how on earth are your kids going to know about it? Why ruin a kids song with this rubbish?
It goes the same with alot of other things out there.

I remember when Babar (the 80’s animated version) was playing on the ABC not so long ago. It had a Parental warning, that the show may contain violence. Wait.. what? BABAR? The Elephant Babar?
My little sister LOVED that show, and had been watching it from the age of 4! Along with lots of other kids

What else kind of annoys me, is they take a good cartoon, and then remake it into CGI, and dumb it down … ALOT. Like for instance Babar, and Rupert Bear, I remember the Rupert Bear cartoon of 80-90’s being awesome.
But why? What are we protecting our kids from? It frustrates me, mainly because our kids are not stupid. We worry about if things are not educational enough for kids, but we are robbing them of an imagination at the same time. I mean who didn’t want to go on an adventure with Rupert Bear, or watch Trap Door to see if Bert finally got to see what the “Thing Upstairs” actually looked like. Or Inspector Gadget and Penny foil MAD again. You will never see shows anything like that again.

I think we don’t give our kids enough credit these days. I think we wrap them up too much in cotton wool, to let them experience things, how are they going to live full lives, if we don’t let them hurt themselves, experience fear and upset. How are they going to learn how to take care of themselves out in the real world, when the real world is a lot scarier.


Mimmi is a mother of 2 handsome boys, Keiran (2009) and Davin. (2012) She is a full time stay at home mum, taking care of my boys; her eldest with autism and both of them with developmental delays. She is a huge video game player, and loves to eat large amounts of curry.

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