Why are modern children's playgrounds so shit!

Started by clau clau, February 25, 2023, 07:02:27 AM

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clau clau

Check out these swings from the past.  I wish I had a time machine.
The more dangerous, the more fun.



more here:  https://clickamericana.com/topics/family-parenting/life-for-kids/dangerous-old-playgrounds-our-great-grandparents-somehow-survived

edit: The comments at the bottom are fabulous.   ;D

Paul says:
June 26, 2021 at 1:14 pm
I remember merry go rounds that would go so fast that when the big kid pushed it around you would vomit like a sprinkler as it went around the spray now hiting the big kid My mom said to him you should have known better , she also would kick off big kids off the swing calling them a swing bully's at home In playing Superman I would jump off the garage roof when my knee hit me in the nose i learned to keep my knees apart also I did a back flip off the pool I hit the my head on the coping I saw a kid jump from trampoline to trampoline missing the jump short only to jump between the springs ouch you publish stories of dare devil kids and how they survived You can have mine to share let me know I played chicken at the roller rink skating backwards with someone then collide with him because I wasn't chicken he drove his roller skates over my face My wife was crying I said why are you crying I won !!! As I went to the hospital to stitch up my eye.
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Nineteen hundred years or near,
Clau-Clau-Claudius shall speak clear.
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Greg

Not just that.  They shut all the diving boards.  Impossible to go off diving boards now unless you join the local diving club.  There are zero open to the public sessions.

Then they wonder why teenaged boys are tombstoning off cliffs.
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Spera In Deo

#2
All in the name of safety.  I wish I could find an article I read a while back, that talks about how safety has become a religion.  God forbid that we should take risks and have fun.

I had a daughter that needed Occuptational Therapy for a while.  I am watching the OT with my daughter and said to her "you are basically teaching her to do what I did as a kid." The OT replied that was indeed the case and that they were getting more and more clients as the schools decreased recess time and made the playgrounds safe.  That they are now finding that some of the "unsafe" equipment actually developed balance and other neurological effects.

Best thing to do:  take your kids outside, have them climb trees, skip rocks, run up and down hills, and let them play on a play ground - if you can find one - that hasn't been dumbed down in the name of safety.

My kids didn't get to do what I wanted them to, because their dad and grandma all worshipped at the altar of safety.  SIGH.

I biked all over my small town, hung upside down on the monkey bars, did all sorts of stuff kids would never be allowed to do now. And that is what I thought was normal until I married my ex and found people that wanted to wrap my kids in bubble wrap and run to the doctor every time they had a runny nose. 

Bottom line: Let your kids outside to run and play and rough house like kids are wont to do if they are left to their own devices.  They will develop properly, learn what is stupid and what is not through a few bumps and bruises, have a blast.  And you will spend way less money on specialists.
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We are what you once were. We believe what you once believed.
We worship as you once worshipped. If we are wrong now, you were wrong then. If you were right then, we are right now".

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Miriam_M

Quote from: Spera In Deo on February 25, 2023, 10:17:46 AMAll in the name of safety. 

All in the name of litigation -- the favorite activity of Americans, anyway, next to surfing on the smartphone.

Instaurare omnia

Quote from: clau clau on February 25, 2023, 07:02:27 AMCheck out these swings from the past.  I wish I had a time machine.
The more dangerous, the more fun.
All boys, not a girl in that photo. As it should be. Not that the girls should be confined to their little tea sets, let them romp and tear around too, but not among the boys. That these scenes don't exist anymore explains exactly what is happening at present with the military, law enforcement, fire companies, construction sites, etc. etc.
Nisi Dominus custodierit civitatem, frustra vigilat qui custodit eam (Psalm 126:2).
Benedicite, montes et colles, Domino: benedicite universa germinantia in terra, Domino (Daniel 3:75-76).
Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation (Psalm 145:2-3).

clau clau

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Quote from: Instaurare omnia on February 26, 2023, 12:30:09 PM
Quote from: clau clau on February 25, 2023, 07:02:27 AMCheck out these swings from the past.  I wish I had a time machine.
The more dangerous, the more fun.
All boys, not a girl in that photo. As it should be. Not that the girls should be confined to their little tea sets, let them romp and tear around too, but not among the boys. That these scenes don't exist anymore explains exactly what is happening at present with the military, law enforcement, fire companies, construction sites, etc. etc.

There are girls in this one. It looks like a similar construction; click to see larger image.



and maybe this one. My Mum used to perform stunts like that; hanging off the grab handles on the London Underground.

Father time has an undefeated record.

But when he's dumb and no more here,
Nineteen hundred years or near,
Clau-Clau-Claudius shall speak clear.
(https://completeandunabridged.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-claudius.html)

awkward customer

Quote from: clau clau on February 26, 2023, 03:55:16 PM

Look how thin they are, in a healthy way.  No sign of an obesity problem here.

The images look very familiar to me.  I played on climbing frames just like these.  Hardly any children were overweight back then. 

Spera In Deo

Quote from: awkward customer on February 26, 2023, 05:09:00 PM
Quote from: clau clau on February 26, 2023, 03:55:16 PM

Look how thin they are, in a healthy way.  No sign of an obesity problem here.

The images look very familiar to me.  I played on climbing frames just like these.  Hardly any children were overweight back then. 
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Back then, our food hadn't been modified to the extent it is now, sugar wasn't in everything, and chemical exposure was way less as well.  So much has changed since then, that has contributed to obesity.

But for sure and certain, the kids having more time to play outside and not being stuck in on their computers is a HUGE factor.
"What Catholics once were, we are. If we are wrong, then Catholics through the ages have been wrong.
We are what you once were. We believe what you once believed.
We worship as you once worshipped. If we are wrong now, you were wrong then. If you were right then, we are right now".

Robert DePiante

Instaurare omnia

Quote from: Spera In Deo on February 26, 2023, 06:34:10 PMBut for sure and certain, the kids having more time to play outside and not being stuck in on their computers is a HUGE factor.

And stress too, which releases cortisol, which affects metabolism and the bodily distribution of fat vs. muscle mass. Cortisol also makes them chronically anxious and hypervigilant or -- depending on the child's temperament and other variables -- paradoxically its opposite: lethargic and pessimistic.

These modern kids have been born into a perfect storm of physical, mental, and spiritual disaster. All the more reason to get your children far away from all that is causing this, to the extent that you can. 
Nisi Dominus custodierit civitatem, frustra vigilat qui custodit eam (Psalm 126:2).
Benedicite, montes et colles, Domino: benedicite universa germinantia in terra, Domino (Daniel 3:75-76).
Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation (Psalm 145:2-3).

Greg

Quote from: Spera In Deo on February 25, 2023, 10:17:46 AMAll in the name of safety.  I wish I could find an article I read a while back, that talks about how safety has become a religion.  God forbid that we should take risks and have fun.

Not just risks, calculated risks.

That is the point.

Jumping 15 to 30 feet from a cliff will not likely kill you.  If you land badly it may smart a bit but you'll get over it within a few minutes.  If you have other competent swimmers around you won't drown if you wind yourself from 30 feet.

50 feet and upwards you are in the danger zone.  You had better make sure you know what you are doing.  You know 50 feet jumps and dives are dangerous if you have been jumping off 20 to 30 feet in your teenaged years.

Most important of all swim the landing zone first with a mask and make sure it is deep enough because hitting something solid is likely going to kill you from the impact or drowning because your legs or back are broken.

The problem with younger people today is that they have been so shielded from risk they don't know how to calculate where the danger is.
Contentment is knowing that you're right. Happiness is knowing that someone else is wrong.