It seems like everyone at some point in their young lives had an uncle -- or dad, if you were really lucky -- who wouldn't think twice about picking you up, tossing you into the air, and throwing you down on the couch just for sport. And you laughed and laughed until your side split and begged him to do it again while your mom either screamed at him to stop or winced in disapproval but let it carry on.
Yeah, nowadays, not so much. A video from 2008 showing an uncle and possibly a dad tossing their toddler and young children back and forth like footballs has resurfaced and is -- yet again -- causing controversy because some say this type of behavior is flat-out reckless and borderline abusive.
The video is shot by a woman who is the opposite of my mother in every conceivable way. She isn't yelling at these men to be careful with the kids and then stepping in to grab us and place us in holding cells until the men have been properly handled. Oh no, she is having an absolute ball watching them give the kids each an equal chance at being thrown about like paper cranes. At what appears to be some kind of backyard party, the family is gathered around a picnic table having a fab time watching the two men throw each kid between them.
And the kids are having a ball. Granted, kids would also enjoy bathing in Windex if we let them, but what I mean to say is this: no one in the family appears to be horrified by what is happening here. The two men look pretty damn strong and they're playing on grass.
So what could happen? Well, a kid could certainly slip and break his leg or arm or worse -- somehow fall on his or her head and get brain damage. But then again, the men are so big and the distance between them isn't all that far, so the likelihood of this happening is probably small.
I keep going back and forth on this one. I want to believe this is no big deal because I feel we were roughhoused a whole lot more as kids and we turned out just fine. But the truth is, I would totally make my husband stop doing this immediately if I saw him. Sure, this seems like a whole lot of fun, but the risk doesn't make it worth it.
Check out the video and see what you think:
Do you think it's okay to toss children around and roughhouse like this for fun?
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