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Old 06-10-2016, 11:49 AM   #11
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Mine drove all my screwdrivers into the yard once with a hammer and I mowed them down with the lawn mower.

It didn't seem to funny that day!
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:52 PM   #12
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Amen! We spend way to much time stifling kids creativity, then we wonder why when they are adults they can't think for themselves. Let them explore, find out how things work. Sometimes things are going to get broken. It will happen, things can be replaced.
Come on folks, lets be real. Could be wound tight, but my point here is valid. Each of you are free to raise your kids and grand kids how ever you like. It is afterall America. That said we read day after day about RV quality and things breaking. RV moving parts and electronics are pretty durable but DO NOT DO WELL with rough use or miss use. End of point!

Encouraging kids to be creative and courious is obviously a great thing. Playing with remotes, car keys, the touch screen settings on your vehicles controls etc are not kids being creative or courious. Sitting down with them and teaching them how stuff works or what stuff does is something we all agree is good. Playing with sensitive or expensive adult stuff is not fulfilling that task.

My 9 grand kids love to come to the farm, go on RV outings and do fun things out on the lake. But when the slide wont retract at the end of the trip or the Seadoo is dead in the water because Johnie was playing with the key or whatever, all that fun quickly evaporates.

No surprise I'm no millinial and was not raised in the do what ever you want and I'll follow you around era. But in the spirit of the original posters message something acting funny after a small child played with it has more to do with kids playing with adult stuff and less to do with understanding how the on/off works with the awning.

Done with this thread. Many points of view expressed and we can agree to disagree.
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:23 PM   #13
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The real "are you crazey" moment was letting your grandson play with a remote to your TT. Are you kidding????? If you want something to fail or fall apart the next time you use your RV, let a kid play with something in it. Have heard a dozen people who can't find their keys because they let a young child play with them or raffle thru their purse. Went thru multi boat repairs after wife's sisters let their kids play boat driver with the run about on the boat hoist while they baked in the sun. Broken steering cables, stripped shift levers, and yes the always popular missing keys. In modern times we see moms letting rug rats play with their $600 iPhone.

Rv's have lots of moving parts and many of them don't last long with rough use or kids using them as play toys. Forget the awning lights on goof up and hope the awning goes in and out the next time you go camping. They make a million toys for kids to play with. Keys, remotes, radio controls, recliners, computers, the electric tongue jack etc are not toys.

I disagree with you in that our 3 YO daughter uses the remote to help me hook up and unhook the 5er and put the slides out. Our daughter does a great job and we have taught her the boundaries and then she gets a feeling of accomplishment in that she helped dear old dad out! I have changed the access code and watch her while these tasks are being performed.
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Old 06-10-2016, 04:36 PM   #14
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As a parent of two teenagers, my humble opinion is that both "sides" are right. Good old common sense comes into play (again in my opinion) regarding what children are allowed to "play" with, the amount of supervision required, etc. I believe going to the extreme either way on this issue, and I'm only addressing kids and RV's now, would be somewhat detrimental. Just my two cents.

P.S. My dad never lets me forget the time he was painting the house and in the spirit off helping, I took a paint brush slathered in primer to his brand new Buick, haha.
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I disagree with you in that our 3 YO daughter uses the remote to help me hook up and unhook the 5er and put the slides out. Our daughter does a great job and we have taught her the boundaries and then she gets a feeling of accomplishment in that she helped dear old dad out! I have changed the access code and watch her while these tasks are being performed.
Apples and oranges.
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:50 PM   #16
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Mine drove all my screwdrivers into the yard once with a hammer and I mowed them down with the lawn mower.

It didn't seem to funny that day!
Thanks for the chuckle.


On topic.
All kids are different.
When you find what makes them click, encourage it, don't push it.
And don't push activities on ghee that they despise.

Lord knows my daughters are night and day different.
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:27 AM   #17
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As a parent of two teenagers, my humble opinion is that both "sides" are right. Good old common sense comes into play (again in my opinion) regarding what children are allowed to "play" with, the amount of supervision required, etc. I believe going to the extreme either way on this issue, and I'm only addressing kids and RV's now, would be somewhat detrimental. Just my two cents.

P.S. My dad never lets me forget the time he was painting the house and in the spirit off helping, I took a paint brush slathered in primer to his brand new Buick, haha.
absolutely agree with your opinion!
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Mine drove all my screwdrivers into the yard once with a hammer and I mowed them down with the lawn mower.

It didn't seem to funny that day!
That goes in the "whoopin then, good laugh around the campfire now" category!
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All this reminds me of something my boss told me way back in my high school days. "Some people raise their children, others just let'em grow!" How true!
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