In 1984, a young boy named Andy Smith wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking for federal funds to clean his bedroom after his mother called it a “disaster area.”
The longest study of humans ever conducted, the 75 years long Harvard Grant Study, found that professional success in life comes from having done chores as a kid.
45 percent of couples in Hong Kong say they have given up on the idea of having children because of crowding and high housing costs. In another survey 38% of men and 31% of women simply said they didn’t like kids.
Spanking children makes them more likely to be defiant to their spanking parent, a study found. It also makes them more likely to have anti social and mental issues.
A store refused to decorate a 3 yr old child’s cake with “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler!” The public attention from his father’s outrage at this refusal expedited his removal from the home. The father no longer has custody of any of his 9 children due to “instability” and lack of court compliance.
On the day Skyrim was released, a family named their kid Dovahkiin. In responds, Bethesda has given the family a lifetime supply of free games and merchandise from Bethesda
In 2012 an 11 year old boy ran away from his mother while shopping close to Manchester Airport. He then boarded a flight to Rome, bypassing security without a passport or boarding card and then into a seat by tagging behind another family. He was on his way to Italy before the crew realized.
Joseph Jackson tried to teach his kids a lesson about leaving their bedroom windows open, so one night while his son Michael was asleep, Joseph wore a mask, climbed through the window, and shouted at him. Michael Jackson would later have recurring nightmares of being kidnapped from his bedroom.
43% of Americans want to criminalize playing in a park alone for children 12 and younger.
In 2008, Nebraska implemented a law to allow parents to drop off unwanted newborns at safe havens; the law didn’t state an age limit, and nearly all the children abandoned were over ten years old- some were even 17.