Germs

In news that will come as a huge relief to all parents whose instincts have always told them it’s not healthy for kids to try to make their lives - or them - too perfect, this week it looks a lot like the “helicopter parent” is on the way out.

That's not chocolate icing, it's actually dirt

Despite Australian recommendations released this week that children’s lives should be so sanitized they should use sterilizing gel before and after the sandpit, two big international studies have just found too much management of kids and their environment is unhealthy.

News broke this morning of a big Stanford University study which found that far from trying to shield children from germs by sanitizing everything they touch (even toys), it may be good for them to “let them eat dirt”.

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  • BC says:

    06:37pm | 08/02/13

    My mother-in-law says, “They need their pound of dirt”. Still trying to get my 6 year old to remember to flush the toilet and wash her hands after a poo. I think that’s reasonable. Isn’t it? Isn’t it??? Read more »

  • stephen says:

    06:08pm | 08/02/13

    No Wendy ... let them have their cake, and they can eat dirt too. Actually, I think that it is the boys who need to brush up on their scuffles and sweat ; the girls, I reckon, are doing OK. Read more »

 

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