Tuesday

Unnecessary

It recently came to my attention that the Food and Drug Administration was considering putting warning labels on certain foods that may be choking hazards for small children. While to many this may seem like a meaningless wire story, or cause to say 'good for them, let's keep our kiddo's safe," I have to say my initial reaction was different.

What has our world come to when an outside force has to step in and say 'Hey parents- make sure your baby doesn't try to swallow this carrot without chewing properly!'

For starters, if we can't force our children to thoroughly chew their food before attempting to swallow and subsequently block their own windpipes, maybe we shouldn't give our babies those foods to begin with. Logical. But what blows my mind is how common sense, run of the mill, should be totally obvious "DUH" information is passed off as shocking scientific revelations nowadays.

Have you ever closely read some of the warning labels on items you use everyday? All the little stickers that declare "not a child's toy"? How is it that we as parents got to the point where we have to be told a taser gun is not a toy for our 3-year-old? How many parents gave their kid a plastic bag and said "Go nuts. Pretend it's a mask or something"?

You may be thinking 'Whoa Kate- it's just carrots.' But I can honestly see our country sliding into a spiral and landing in a place and time when kitchen knives have flashing neon warning labels reading "Don't let your kid stick this in their eye. It will stab."

I just want to know when parents became so ignorant or so negligent that companies began to have to remind people what is harmful to a toddler.

It's that same argument about why coffee cups say "Extremely hot!" across them. Shouldn't we know and expect coffee to be hot? Should we not take precautions so if the coffee does spill it is not directly on our flesh?

Of course we should. But if the coffee doesn't tell you it is hot, then you can get burned and sue the world for a bajillion dollars for being an idiot for not knowing that coffee is a beverage traditionally served hot.

Same goes with warnings about children. If you honestly can't figure out that it's a bad idea to let your kid put a plastic bag over their head, to let them play with scissors or to let your child who has yet to teeth eat a carrot, then you have no business reproducing.

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