|The Wildman in Full Bug Suit!|
Like little soldiers preparing for chemical warfare, my children go outside in bug suits, bathed in Deet, carrying Thermacells and wearing helmets. Even gloves protect their little hands from biting insects and poison ivy and upon entering the house those bodies are thoroughly inspected for ticks and little hands are scrubbed with antibacterial soap.
With just a few moments thought, I created a list of everything I now (must to be considered a good parent) worry about whenever my kids partake in exploring our natural world. Please feel free to follow my links or plug any of these concerns into Google to receive a full and complete warning of the impending dangers associated with each item. If I have missed something, please make sure to comment, lest I forget some critical danger or unseen hazards as of yet unlisted.
- West Nile
- Poison ivy
- Poisonous berries and plants
- Ticks/Lyme disease
- Equine Encephalitis
- Mercury in the fish they eat
- Contaminated Play Sand
- Giardia and Cryptosporidium
- Nalgene bottles w/ PBA
- Swine flu
- Lead fragments in game meat
- Lead fishing sinkers
- Falls, bumps and crashes without their bicycle helmet
- Rabid animal attacks
- Brown Recluse Spiders
- Loss of sight from staring at a full eclipse
- Stepping in dog poo
- Bee stings and anaphylactic shock
- Being Eaten By Bears
|The Savage in Full Bug Suit|
We as a society are most certainly creating innate fears in our off spring based on what could at best be described as lies and innuendo. This remains and unfortunate trend that seems to be quickly building a following.
As more and more of us distance or even remove ourselves from the natural world and traditional outdoor pursuits, we begin to develop unnatural fears of the great outdoors. These fears are then passed on to our offspring and the entire cycle perpetuates.
Don’t foolishly ignore the hazards of the outdoors but also don’t let them rule your existence and scare you into living a life devoid of a more "natural" world!