Babble: Dirt Is Good For You

Friday, October 23, 2009

Imperfect parenting is authentic parenting, says Rufus Griscom, founder of and an editor of the new compilation of parenting essays, Dirt is Good for You: True Stories of Surviving Parenthood.


Rufus Griscom

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Oct. 23 2009 02:26 PM
WTF from MI

Yvonne and Yvette, are you kidding? What, are you licking the bus and train seats? I'd be less concerned about a child's shoe than some of the rear-ends I've seen parked in those spots.

And PS - sometimes the child's shoe is touching the seat because the kid has short legs. Get over it.

Oct. 23 2009 12:58 PM
hjs from 11211

have u even been on the subway and heard the way some people talk to their kids (in public)

if u can't respect your kids why should i?

Oct. 23 2009 11:16 AM
hjs from 11211

the hover-parenting phenomenon and over scheduled child are also bad. but don't over look the selfish parent (think of balloon boy and his media loving father)

Oct. 23 2009 11:13 AM
Smokey from LES

A little dirt is good for all of us! It exercises the immune system for children and adults.

Oct. 23 2009 11:05 AM
db from nyc

... what is the carbon footprint of this yuppie self-indulgence???

Oct. 23 2009 10:56 AM
Pradeep from Cumming, GA

Yell or not to Yell:

By not yelling at kids, we are preparing them for a something that does not exists.

If you want you kids to be able to face "the real world", they should know how and "when" to yell.

Do you want your kid to come back home hurt and crying coz he was able to face a bully at school or any such place !!

You know that you can not fix the world, so make sure you teach your kids to adjust to it.


Oct. 23 2009 10:56 AM
Yvonne and Yvette from Manhattan

On the subject of dirt, children and parents - why don't people realize that the soles of their children's shoes are as dirty as the soles usually are and that they don't belong on bus and train seats?

Oct. 23 2009 10:51 AM
Maya from Brooklyn, NY

I disagree HJS: the hover-parenting phenomenon explains the mess our nation's children are.

Oct. 23 2009 10:51 AM
keith from inwood

I heard or read a study citing the 3 second rule as actually being much longer. This study was dropping apple slices on a college cafeteria floor for 30 seconds and allowing them to develop on a petri dish and found the bacteria growth to be negligible.

In terms of allergies, listen to the story on radiolab about hookwork absolutely curing allergies and asthma. It's on the Parasites show.

Oct. 23 2009 10:51 AM
Robert from NYC

I see fewer and fewer parents who I would want to be my parents today. I couldn't be happier to have not been born today!! Guess I'm getting old.

Oct. 23 2009 10:50 AM
hjs from 11211

I guess this selfishness explains the mess our nation's children are.

Oct. 23 2009 10:47 AM
Sue from North Salem, NY

Baby #1 drops pacifier: retrieve, wash with soap, drop into boiling water, give baby replacement.

Baby #2 drops pacifier: retrieve, rinse under tap*, wipe dry on shirt, give back to baby.

(* or spit on it)

Oct. 23 2009 10:47 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

What, this moving-car breast-feeding was done while the breast-feeding mother was DRIVING?! Otherwise, who cares?

Oct. 23 2009 10:46 AM
Mary Herzog from Brooklyn

It's my guess that if parents could allow themselves to be conscious of their angry/hateful feelings that all parents have on occasion toward their kids, they would be less likely to project those feelings as threats to their children from the environment. They would be a lot less fearful as parents.

Oct. 23 2009 10:46 AM
Maya from Brooklyn, NY

My advice to pregnant women is to use common sense and don't read any parenting magazines. They profit off your fear and need to fill up their pages with useless neurotica.

Oct. 23 2009 10:45 AM
SU from downtown

In the same way that work is not play, parenting is not all wonder and joy. I feel awful, especially for mothers, whose exhaustion and frustration is complicated by guilt because they may not love every second of interaction with their children.

It is painful and hard to spend your time thinking about someone else. But what's wrong with that? It's called being the grown up. I think the important thing is to find ways to express and to believe in the value and worth of your child and your relationship with her.

Oct. 23 2009 10:44 AM
Nora from South Salem, NY

HATED breastfeeding! Hated it. Suffered through it with first two kids, by the third kid I said forget it, I'm done. Know what? #3 had no more colds, allergies, ear infections or developmental learning milestones than the other 2. It makes no difference. None.

Oct. 23 2009 10:43 AM
db from nyc

ENOUGH procreation!

Two, three, four children??? In this time of over population and environmental disaster, enough is a enough!

Oct. 23 2009 10:43 AM

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