2 responses to Safety issues

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    Joan McGreal
    Safety issues (September 26th, 2007 at 10:47)

    I have been following the Amish the past few years and there does seem to be this attitude where the older will watch younger. There was a case a few years ago where I believe 4-5 Amish girl stuffed themselves in a hope chest and suffocated. I do believe it is the parent’s or the adult to watch over the small children and not give this to siblings hardly older than themselves

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    Amish childhood accidents (September 26th, 2007 at 23:22)

    Amish childhood accidents

    Amish children do often watch their younger siblings. Giving the same level of responsibility to young children is not what we would expect in ‘modern’ society, nowadays anyway. A generation or two ago on larger farm families it was probably more the norm, however.

    The accidents that happen are tragic. With the size of the family being what it is, I don’t really see what other choice the Amish have short of hiring help (which, incidentally, some of them do–young unmarried girls usually–mainly for help with housework as well as keeping an eye on little ones).

    Amish childhood accidents

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