Do’s and Don’ts with Babies

January 28, 2008 at 1:10 am 19 comments

I read an amusing post today that featured a number of pictures from Safe Baby Handling Tips by David and Kelly Soop.  For the most part, their advice is hilarious and well grounded.  But their “Containing Baby” item confuses me.

I don’t see what’s so bad.  In 2005, I put Penn in Henry’s crate.  He never figured out how to get out.  So, what’s the problem?

Penn is safely contained in a dog crate

Entry filed under: Penn.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tgaw  |  January 28, 2008 at 1:11 am

    And in case it is unclear:

    Yes, I am joking.

    (Penn was playing)

  • 2. HokieTT  |  January 28, 2008 at 8:30 am

    You wuss, I told you it didn’t need a joke disclaimer. Grow a pair! (Figuratively)

  • 3. Sour Swinger  |  January 28, 2008 at 8:37 am

    LoL. I like this idea of crating children. Prepares them for the mental challenges they will face when in the slammer. 🙂

  • 4. Clint  |  January 28, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I actually didn’t think it was a joke.
    But I also had no problem with it hehe

  • 5. HokieTT  |  January 28, 2008 at 9:51 am

    But it still didn’t need a joke disclaimer, because hilarity would have ensued had there been a debate about whether it was a joke. Now there’s no debate.

  • 6. geekhiker  |  January 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Every time I joke at the office that if I ever had kids I’d keep them in just that fashion, all the women look at me funny… 😉

  • 7. Aaron  |  January 29, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Sure he was. Is Penn gonna buy that in a few years?

    “I was just joking!” 😛

  • 8. HokieTT  |  January 29, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Don’t lie, women look at you funny anyway.

  • 9. tgaw  |  January 29, 2008 at 8:35 am

    After Santa Claus, the Toothfairy and the notion of Happily Ever After, Penn will probably have bigger fish to fry. 🙂

  • 10. HokieTT  |  January 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

    A cautionary tale:

    Feces-filled? I thought dogs wouldn’t poop where they slept/ate.

  • 11. Chriggy  |  January 30, 2008 at 11:01 am

    90 minutes in a feces filled crate seem like a pretty light punishment for trying to poison your family.

  • 12. Clint  |  January 30, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Come to think of it….. So is a black eye! Given the propensity for piggies to treat 5-year-olds like adults, I’m surprised the child wasn’t arrested, photographed, and fingerprinted as well!

  • 13. Carolyn  |  January 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Sounds to me like the whole family was disturbed.

  • 14. Chriggy  |  January 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    In this case, I don’t think pressing charges against the kid would have been inappropriate. He knowingly tried to poison his family. He knew what he was doing. He wasn’t just a kid being a kid.

  • 15. Carolyn  |  January 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I do not think the kid should have had charges pressed against him. Yes, he tried to poison his family, no he wasn’t just a kid being a kid, however, I think there was more going on behind the scenes with the family relations. I think the right thing was done by getting him the heck out of that environment.

    I am not sure what the parents have to do with all this, but if the grandma’s way of punishing a kid who was lashing out was an extreme measure of locking him in a dog crate, then he probably had years of buildup of watching the extreme measures and that’s where he got his examples…. And trying to get him taken away by an agency and threatening to bury him alive is terrible….

    I just wonder what the reason why he was denied to go on the trip. Was it a special favoritism shown towards the older brother that over the years built up to the kid lashing out in this way? Or was it something perfectly logical and the kid took extreme measures? Who knows. The point is, the grandma’s way of punishing him was to lock him in a dog crate, and the brother punched him. Sounds to me like over the years, the disturbing behavior from the role models molded the kid into something that can poison his family in a way to punish them for not getting his way. And the grandma trying to get rid of him? That doesn’t show a lot of love, and if that’s any indication of what a loving family this kid was dealing with, no wonder he’s disturbed. I think I’m glad that he was taken away from that horrible family and I hope that the Children & Youth agency can help him overcome his experience, and don’t screw it up further.

  • 16. HokieTT  |  January 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Regardless of our view on the child’s deserved punishment, I think we can all agree that video games and Marilyn Manson are to blame here.

  • 17. Chriggy  |  January 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I agree that he needed to be removed from that environment.

    Since the parents are never mentioned in any of this, it kind of implies that they are not around. Be it because they abandoned the child, were considered unfit to take care of the child, are in prison, dead, or whatever. Hence, Grandma got stuck with a kid she didn’t want. Not all people are fit to raise kids, and he probably should have been removed from that environment much sooner.

    I’m sorry, but this kid was not “lashing out”. Throwing a tantrum is lashing out. Getting in fights is lashing out. Calling your caretakers names is lashing out. Running away from home is lashing out. Trying to poison the whole family is a little beyond “lashing out”. Can we maybe say attempted murder, since that’s really what it is?

    The real question is what to do with this kid now. He needs some serious counseling, but can you safely put him in an orphange/foster home? He has already shown himself to be a danger to others. Someone there pisses him off too. He tries to poison them too. Lawsuit ensues.

  • 18. Chriggy  |  January 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    It’s all Marilyn Manson’s fault!!! 🙂

  • 19. Krislyn  |  March 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    That is sooo mean…who would put their child in a cage


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