Honestly, some people are as dumb as a box of nails.
I try not to judge other parents, but sometimes the brainless morons of the world make it far too easy to pass judgement.
Case in point: the idiotic father in Malaysia who went bungee jumping – with his 2-year-old daughter strapped to his chest! What the actual fruit is going on?!
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Be warned; you may find the footage a little distressing. It certainly didn’t sit well with me, to see a beautiful little toddler snuggling comfortably in her dad’s arms, completely unaware that she’s about to free fall for hundreds of feet.
At that age, it’s simply impossible to explain what was going to happen. Perhaps that’s why the video, which is only 15 seconds long, got the people of the internet all riled up.
For the record, the dad claims that his tiny charge enjoyed herself. “Chill guys, Mecca Mikaela was the one who wanted to do the jump with me,” he wrote in response to scathing remarks from commenters. “There was no forcing. She enjoyed her first jump and requested to do it again.”
Still, his daring actions caught the attention of a children’s rights lawyer, Goh Siu Lin, who says the child’s parents had “lacked proper parental judgment” by setting their daughter up to bungee jump.
“It is an extreme sport and dangerous, and there is a high likelihood of the motions in such an activity causing physical injury to her,” Lin says.
“I have never heard of any child of that age being allowed to participate in such an extreme sports.”
Putting aside the fact that they may have recklessly endangered their child’s life for no good reason, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own kids and their attitude towards “adventure”.
My four-year-old literally won’t go to the toilet unless someone accompanies her, for fear of being alone. It’s a habit she picked up from her big sister, who, at seven, still insists on having a sibling companion join her if she needs to dash to her bedroom to grab her glasses, or pop to her desk for an eraser.
What’s the opposite of adrenalin junkie? Because that is who I have raised – a pair of Nervous Nellies.
Forget bungee jumping – at this rate they won’t even attempt the high jump until they’re well into their twenties!