Last year, almost three times as many children were admitted to hospital after falling out of bed as those who had fallen from a tree.

I have no idea what “playing conkers” is, but I couldn’t agree more with this article. (And also this video, if you have the time.)

This is easily one of the largest problems with (many) parents these days, and we’re very determined that our kids will get a fair chance at skinning their knees, breaking their arms, and everything else that comes with the adventure of growing up. Kicking Benjamin out of the house to play in the backyard is one of the many things we’re looking forward to about having our own place.

On an unrelated note, why are open source/free software project leads so frequently ignorant, self-important jerks? I released a couple projects to the Internets for free, and I can’t remember “act like a douche” or “verbally assault anyone with a suggestion” as being part of the process.

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4 thoughts on “Last year, almost three times as many children were admitted to hospital after falling out of bed as those who had fallen from a tree.

  1. no thanks. i’ll just leave it as a rant. those with similar experiences can commiserate. those who have no clue what i’m talking about can read that very interesting article!

  2. I can’t believe we didn’t teach you to play conkers- I grew up on it. Of course, you can only play it in the fall when the chestnuts are ripe. I guess we just never had a good chestnut tree around.

    You select the best nuts, poke a hole through and string them on a shoelace. The object is to break the other guys chestnuts by whacking it with your own, while he is is holding it suspended by the lace.

    You know the old saying “It is all fun and games until somebody looses an eye -then it is a sport”

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