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    Default The things your parents taught you that you won't have to tell your children.

    I was randomly thinking this the other day when DD answered my phone for me and told the person I was in the shower.

    We were left home alone for small periods of time growing up, and my parents taught us that if anyone knocked on the door, not to answer it and pretend we weren't home. If someone called, answer the phone so they don't think the house is empty and if they ask for an adult, even if we know them, tell the person that Mum/Dad is in the shower or pool etc and can't come to the phone but they will call back as soon as they get out. NEVER tell the person that we are home alone.

    Then it struck me, I would never teach my kids that because they will never be home alone that young lol.

    Other things were what to do if we were riding our bikes/walking alone and got approached by a stranger at the beach or park or street. (we were all aged 5-10 for example, and I don't know if I will allow my kids the same "street freedom" I had)


    Anyone else have any examples of what they had to learn as kids but will probably never need to teach their own kids?

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    Default The things your parents taught you that you won't have to tell your children.

    The only thing that comes to mind right now is my mum telling me how to be safe when riding my bike to school, and how to be careful around magpies.
    I was in grade one (so 6?) and I was riding a LONG way to school.

    We also lived in an apartment on the 12th floor on the Sunshine Coast, it was before I was in school and mum and dad use to give me some coins, I clearly remember a few times it was just after home and away would Finnish (so 7:30pm) and mum and dad would want some chocolate, ice cream etc.. I would take the lift down to the street, walk across at the lights, past the beach and to the corner shop.. Alone!
    Mum and dad did tell me a few time if I ever was approached to just scream..

    Yeah.. I won't be having to teach my daughter how to "Safely" cross roads and beaches at 7:30pm at the age of 5 or how to ride what felt like a marathon to grade 1.

    I know 'Times are different now' but I can't help but look back as a parent myself now and think **What were they thinking!?!?!**

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachell View Post
    Yeah.. I won't be having to teach my daughter how to "Safely" cross roads and beaches at 7:30pm at the age of 5 or how to ride what felt like a marathon to grade 1.

    I know 'Times are different now' but I can't help but look back as a parent myself now and think **What were they thinking!?!?!**
    Haha, that's what I think too. My mum jokes that there were actually 10 of us and we were the ones who survived. Although, it would be handy if I could send my kids to the shops on their bikes. I knew how to balance 2L of milk and a loaf of bread on my handlebars from a young age. haha

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    Default Re: The things your parents taught you that you won't have to tell your children.

    When riding in the back of a wagon and the police are seen up ahead to duck so they can't see us.

    I won't subject dd's to years of teasing as their bodies are changing and developing. I won't teach them that it is acceptable for anyone including sisters, brothers (if they happen to get one down the track), aunties, uncles, anyone to tease them and call them names like big tits or zit face or make them feel ashamed or embarrassed by their changing bodies.

    I will not have to teach them how to buy cigarettes by giving them a packet to take in and show the shop worker which ones I had to get.

    And..

    I won't have to teach them how to change the ribbon in a typewriter and how to feed the paper in. (boo... I love typewriters)

    Gee how times have changed.. Look out you early 20's people, it will happen to you too. I'm only 31 and so much has changed since I was dd1's age.

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    Default The things your parents taught you that you won't have to tell your children.

    I remember riding my bike a marathon to the shops to get baby food for my brother (9 years younger). Suspecting on the way home that the jar had smashed against my bike frame, confirmed that had happened when I got home and having to do the trip again to get a fresh jar :-(
    It felt sooooo far and I was in FNQ so it was HOT!

    Don't remember any specific instructions re stranger danger though but my mum is a worrier so I'm sure it was instilled in us.

    It was, I recall being late for school and refusing a lift from a classmate's mum because I didn't know them very well. Classmate's mum later told my mum, said it was sweet that I was so over cautious! Couldn't do that these days with the new car seat regs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by suemp View Post
    Wash out the milk bottles
    I think this is a bit of a sad one, I loved the good old fashioned glass milk bottles. So much less waste and you could use the foil tops threaded onto string for a cool necklace

    eta, my Nan used to get soft drink delivered in glass bottles that you would wash out and the soft drink man would come around and collect them to reuse.
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    Default The things your parents taught you that you won't have to tell your children.

    I won't be teaching my daughter "stranger danger" as it is actually usually strangers who you need to ask for help when you are in trouble.


 

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