[Sca-cooks] "Child Safing"

Solveig Throndardottir nostrand at acm.org
Fri Aug 15 05:29:20 PDT 2008

Noble Cousins!

Greetings from Solveig!

> People tend to forget that the idea of 'child safe-ing' your home is a
> relatively new concept.  Prior to the idea that children must have  
> an almost
> laboratory type environment in which to keep them safe, 'child safe- 
> ing' was
> called 'discipline' and 'parenting'.  So, I guess I'm "mean Celia"  
> as well,
> because I would agree that aversion training is much better than a  
> dead
> child.

Moderate "child safing" is actually a fairly old idea. In the 1950's  
child gates,
play pens, electric outlet covers, and sequestering things like  
ammonia were
pretty common. Basically, the problem is that toddlers can be FAST. What
this means is that you need to either restrict the range of motion of  
the toddler
(such as tying them to your back while you are working) or otherwise  
keep them
out of reach of quick acting dangers which do not present their own  
mechanisms to children prior to becoming dangerous.

Your Humble Servant
Solveig Throndardottir
Amateur Scholar

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