I am a fairly relaxed parent about a lot of things. Sometimes I forget that people aren’t quite as relaxed as I am. I’ve had friends ring up or come over and ask where my kids are or what they are doing and these have been some of the REAL responses:
“He’s out the back trying to start a fire with a magnifying glass.”
“He is blowing stuff up in our science microwave.”
“He’s up that tree with some secateurs and a saw, chopping bits down.”
“They are down the hall tying each other to a pole.”
“He is making an underwater diving suit out of a bucket and some weights.”
“They are trying to winch each other into a tree in a plastic tub.”
“Lighting a fire.”
“He is making an obstacle course/trap in the yard. Watch your step.”
“They are racing down that steep hill on Great Grandad’s old wheelie-walkers.”
“Taking apart a washing machine/TV/blender/Speakers/Computer/VCR.”
“Melting dolls heads.”
“Making a suit out of bubble-wrap and duct tape.”
I understand that, taken out of context, this could sound vaguely irresponsible. I assure you when given proper context the lack of responsibility is clear. I have yet to break any child in my care, and people still send their kids over to play (although they may stop after reading this...).
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