By Maxwell - 04/02/2010 10:47 - France
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It doesn't mean the OP is a terrible parent. Do you have children? Have you ever watched children for an extended amount of time? You can not keep your eyes on them at all times. They're quick. The worst is when you're sitting in another room and you realize it's far too quiet. Ive had my nephew get himself stuck on an outside staircase in a matter of 2 minutes. Kids are kids.
I agree with idkweird on number 8#. I used to be a Children. they have insanely strange minds and they will destroy anything they can. If I found Money when I was 3 or any other kind of Paper I would Shred it to. But my Nieces and Nephew have shown me it's hard to keep track of a Child no Matter how good a Parent you are. Think god I'm still a Teenager and Still Young.
nolimits: putting the money out of reach, I agree with. As I've pointed out in earlier comments, it is impossible to watch your kid every second of every day. Also, as someone who used to have a shredder for my home office, who the fuck wants to plug in and unplug the shredder every time they need it? Most shredders can only shred paper and can't shred fingers. There's no point in shutting it off if there isn't a 4 year old with access to large quantities of money. Im pretty sure the OP wasn't thinking his kid would be in shredding all his money while he was doing something else for a couple minutes. It only takes a couple minutes to do that kind of damage, fyi.
PBTH! What does it have to do with parenting? Honestly, parent or no, why would ANYONE. ANYWHERE. Have $500 in cash? Just... around? I understand if you had to make a $500 payment to a place that only accepts cash and you were very nervously taking it directly from the bank to your destination sure. But um... obviously that's not the case.
@som: it's not that odd to have $500 in cash is it? Not everybody uses plastic... My parents are small business owners and every now and then there's thousands of dollars in a paper bag. Not that I ever knew about this when I was little haha. @OP: sucks for you, but you should discipline your child better. I don't think this is a matter of where you put your money or having access to shredder. But even at four, your child shouldn't dare to 'steal' from your purse. Teach him that the shredder isn't a toy. Or have the shredder in an office-only space.
r u stupid? have u ever watched a child in your life? if u hav and they never did anything bad then id like 2 kno y jesus spawned a kid and y u even need 2 watch it. i have to watch my lil brother and he was just as bad this kid. learn that children r demons and when they stop being demons ill give u $500
@nonotme: I think you misunderstood my comment. I don't think parents shouldn't be responsible for their kids, it's quite the opposite, in fact. What I'm saying is this: We have no idea how the situation happened, so who are we to judge their parenting skills? Personally, when I had a home office, I had a personal shredder. I had to because of the sensitive information I worked with. It was also the type where it was impossible to get fingers in it. So, if my niece or one of my nephews were to be in there, I wouldn't have to worry about them. It also only turned on when you put paper in it. Therefore, even if the top had been taken off and they were touching the bottom where the actual shredding part is, it wouldn't be on. So, if the OP had a shredder anything like that, they wouldn't think twice about having a child around it, because it couldn't cause an injury. Also, parents can NOT keep their eyes on their children 24/7. It's impossible. Nothing else would ever get done if they did. When I was 3, my mom was getting ready for...idk, but she was in the bathroom, and I decided to help her iron. I think it maybe took me one minute, at the most, to grab the iron and run it over my fingers. When I worked in a Children's hospital, I saw all sorts of things kids did in the moments their parents weren't watching. For all we know, the OP could have been cooking dinner while the child shredded up 500 bucks. If they were hundreds, it would have been pretty darn quick! Hell, he could have put all 5 in at once, if they were hundred dollar bills. Basically, we have no idea how long it took, why the OP had 500 dollars in cash easily accessible, or what led to him losing track of the child. So, though it's still completely the OP's fault, that doesn't necessarily make him a bad parent.
Don't call her a dumbass. You don't know how kids can find anything these days no matter where you hide it. My five-year old cousin managed to get a chair, stack a few pillows on top of it and climb onto the top of the pillows to get my uncle's briefcase. And trust me, their wardrobe is pretty tall. Anyway, regardless from that, people make mistakes. Are you trying to tell me that you're some kind of "perfect" immortal? Well congratulations on the perfection #37 but because you're so "perfect" it still does not give you the right to judge someone else of whom you do not know the circumstances of the situation.
You deserve it for allowing your son access to anything that contains that amount of money and for not watching him better. No wonder why kids nowadays seem to be getting dumb and behave like douchebags. You still have time though, become a good parent and stop whining about things you have control of, or should have control of (in other words control your kid and get off the damn computer).
Yes because paper shredders have contributed widely to childhood fatalities. Tell me, what paper shredder has so scarred you that it's unfathomable for them to be around children? Kids get into any and everything. Not so much as a parenting fail as a 'damn, that really sucks, kids have sticky fingers'.
It doesn't matter how idiot proof a shredder may be, children have small hands and small fingers. Small children area practically death magnets. If a child managed to get the lid off, shove a finger in there, or shove something in there that breaks the machine or causes it to short circuit, you're looking at a pretty dangerous situation for a child.
Probably not. It was probably more along the lines of, OP has some sort of job where you get paid large amounts less frequently. FOR EXAMPLE: While running a construction company, my father only got money from the customers at a few set points in the job. Depending on what he and his crew were doing, none of them may get paid for something like 3 weeks, and then all of a sudden, get three weeks worth of pay in one check. If one of them were to cash that check, they would have a ton of money just laying around, in their wallet.
@15 There's lots of situations where you can end up with lots of cash for brief periods of time. If you run a charity, for instance, you can easily end up with dozens of small cash donations. I have a friend who ran a pie-in-the-face event for a charity recently who had to walk across the university with $700+ in her backpack. There's also a story about a Libertarian supporter who got pulled off his plane for carrying several thousand dollars of donation money in his bag, since he didn't have time to go to a bank first. Security people held him for a long time (partially because he didn't want to admit to being a libertarian in that particular state, since they'd labeled "being a member of the Libertarian Party" as a high-risk-for-terrorism activity. Also, while it's a lot of money, it's still not an absolutely ridiculous sum. It's not like it was a briefcase full of 20s that he had lying around to be shredded.
Why did you have 500 dollars easily accessible to a child?
Why was a shredder accessible to your four-year-old, for that matter!