|Originally posted by Scalce:
Driving baby around = neccessity
Skiing with baby = choice
Let's stop beating this horse.
(Scalce, I stole your format. But doesn't mean I'm picking on you
Walking Baby outside in stroller where cars could lose control (as could other skiers) and hit stroller = choice.
Walking with stroller where loose dog could attack child (it has happened) = choice.
Feeding child food from McDonalds which could cause childhood obesity(dangerous) = choice.
Taking child in car to movies instead of staying home and safely watching movie on TV = choice.
Food, water and shelter = NECESSITY
All else = choice = potential for increased/unnesessary risk to child.
Exposing child to UNREASONABLE risk LIKELY to lead to SERIOUS physical injury OR INTENTIONALLY inflicting ANY unnessary Physical Injury or ANY Mental Abuse = Child Abuse
The key word = UNREASONABLE. The best person in position to determine whether the action is is unreasonable is the parent (unless the parent is mentally unfit), followed by other REASONABLE persons actually present at the time and place to assess the situation. Least qualified persons to throw stones at the parent are US.
Unless you know that the parent is either mentally unfit, or you're so damn smart that you're the ultimate judge of what is and isn't REASONABLE for the rest of society, you should knock off the name calling and condemnation. And keep anyone under the age of 16 in the house under supervision so they're not exposed to any more risk than necessary. Stick to your principles.
If you're hanging the kid off a 30 foot balcony, thats nuts.
A 5 foot balcony? Maybe. How high is your grass? I don't know.
Skiing with him in a backpack during a downhill race, yeah, that's nuts.
In a backpack on an uncrowded beginner run - sounds like it COULD BE fun for the whole family to me as long as its done REASONABLY. Fun, like taking the kids to the Ocean and letting them surf when there are big waves and who knows what swimming around down there (yep, sharkies
Who takes their kids to the ocean? Think your family boat can't sink?
Well, I'm with U.P. on this one. If something bad happened I'm sure he'd be regretting it. But so would all of us if we got into an accident taking the kids to an UNESSESARY trip to the movies.
We can live with the potential consequences of what we do in the name of "fun" or live like cowering hermits in the safety of our little homes.
Along with me and U.P, the rest of you skiers are free to do likewise, and make your own minds up. If you can't do that, then some of us will be glad to help if you want us to (or even if you don't).