jennygreentooth wrote: B) parents who neglect their children at the event, or are too inebriated to make good parenting decisions.
Miss Kate wrote:In 2002, I made a big, flowy, light-up jellyfish that I attached to my tricycle. It was late one night, my husband, a friend, and I were on the platform of the Man and we looked down to see a family of three inside the belly of my jelly, illuminated by blue light. The little girl was in a green sequined pajama onezee and we watched as she pulled on the tendrils, cooed at the lacey stuff, and touched everything. She was amazing! We got to talk with her parents only to find out that she was two and that it was her third Burning Man. She was a burner in the oven her first year, a wee tiny spark her second, and a two year old her third. Her parents were so kind and the family love that they gave off was over the top. It was obvious that even at two, she was going to be one rockin’ young lady.
I’m not a parent so I don’t usually feel the need to interject about kids at BM, but interacting with children on the playa is a really wonderful part of my experience. Black Rock mini citizens are powerful little beings that seem to grow up to be tremendously vibrant adults. Being visually enlightened, seeing creativity and imagination on such a large scale, I can’t really see how that could be a negative. Of course there are lots of kid inappropriate things going on, but responsible parenting, just like any responsible adult participating is the key. The parents that I have met seem to be good people with the little ones best interest in mind. And, they seem to be cut out for it. Leaving the kids at home is a great thing to do if mom or dad doesn't want the responsibility, and there is certainly nothing at all wrong with that.
I guess I kind of feel like those little people, just like us big people, take some fire away with them and share with the outside world, with other kids, and bring some fun that may be a bit unconventional to the table. I completely agree with Mary Jane ~ moments at Burning Man prove that anything is possible if you put aside your fear and crank up your effort and imagination.
But that’s just my mushy two cents.
Yes, there are issues around responcibility, and certainly my working as a medic for two years has given me some prissy negative feelings towards those who risk themselves and others by not taking it, but when you consider the toxic environment of constant advertising and segregation by age that exists in the default world, I say that there's a better than even chance that BRC, properly controlled for, is a better environment than the kids will be living in the other 51 weeks a year.
And by the way--I hate those hippie (or punk) parents with ferel parenting styles and the brats they raise.
Blonde Iguana wrote:... My plan, actually, is to turn the teens loose on an unsuspecting B-Man population with a couple walkie-talkies, pinchable cheeks and plenty of H20.
actiongrl wrote:> Ever seen a 12 year old girl spin fire? I have, and at 12, when most girls' confidence is plummeting with every turn of a teen magazine's page, it was powerful to see her so proud of an accomplishment and so revered by the grownups around her. She was beaming. I'd much rather see her at Burning Man being guided through the *real* world by her parents than sitting home at Grandma's watching a Mary Kate and Ashley movie...wouldn't you?
Without children (and old people) do you really have a society?
Blonde Iguana wrote:I'm a BM virgin who's bringing a 16 year old daughter to Burning Man this year. After reading some of these posts I feel kinda bad-parentish and idiotic about making the decision to bring her when I haven't even experienced it for myself, but she has been counting on this trip for months and would effin' kill me if I went without her. I've been planning and researching like mad for months and have been educating and talking her ass off for months about safety, Rangers, common sense in dealing with unwelcome advances, everything I can think of or read about. We'll have a meeting plan, a well-marked camp, 2-way radios, tons of water and ways in which to carry it. She will wear a laminated dog tag with her age, camp info, medical, etc. around her neck. She's healthy, mature, totally cool, free-spirited, and unshockable, and will have her 17 year old male cousin by her side at all times (hopefully). I haven't told her dad about it, and I'll probably get in big trouble if he ever finds out (if he can pull himself out of his MaryJane stupor long enough). I don't expect anybody to tone anything down to spare her virgin senses.
Maybe it's a bad idea, but there's no turning back now...
I've been planning and researching like mad for months and have been educating and talking her ass off for months about safety, Rangers, common sense in dealing with unwelcome advances, everything I can think of or read about. We'll have a meeting plan, a well-marked camp, 2-way radios, tons of water and ways in which to carry it.
elvinagre7 wrote:I have been to this event since 1996 and do not think any kid under 16 should be there. Leave them and dogs at home. Take them to Disneyland instead.
Sobretta Franjipan wrote:Blonde Iguana:
You'd better guess again about that. Burning Man is renowned for the turn around for a second and you've lost who you're with. Then there's going to the bathroom.
But I'm sure she'll be fine and have a fan-freaking-tastic time.
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