There are a lot of things you can do to entertain a toddler. Laugh like a monkey, tickle him, turn on Curious George, or even swing him by his arms around the living room. Okay, that last one maybe not so much, but at least I know when I'm being inappropriate to the point of pulling my son's arms out of their sockets.
Some parents just don't quite get the whole "keep your kids alive" part of the job, as seen in recent news stories. Like the dad in Iowa who is now facing serious consequences for pulling an incredibly stupid move. This guy thought it was a good idea to take his kids on go-kart rides, including his toddler. And now his toddler is in the hospital, condition unknown, after he and his 2-year-old son crashed his go-kart into a parked truck.
Since it's clear some parents really don't know how to keep their children safe, here are five more activities that are not, never have been, and never will be appropriate to do with your toddler.
I don't care if you kill what you eat, guns around toddlers is idiotic and should be criminal.
A toddler should be in her car seat, not the driver's seat. And especially not when you've rigged blocks so she can hit the brakes and gas and drive on a busy road.
3. Getting Wasted
Do it by yourself? Sure, if you aren't responsible for taking care of anyone in that moment. Blowing weed into your toddler's face, or getting a 4-year-old drunk? Please don't stop on your way to jail.
4. Boob Jobs
No toddler needs fake boobs, or to be in a pageant, for that matter.
5. Disney World, When You're Crazy
Even a sane person can reach the end of her rope at Disney World. Clearly this mom was neither sane nor should she be a mother. Luckily, beating your child in public also has consequences. Can you imagine what goes on at home?
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