Parenting Old Wives Tales

April 23, 2013 by StayceeLuhrain91  
Published in Women

Which ones are true?

Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! Champion, wrote Because I Said So! The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids. It combines all the old wives tales your mother, grandmother, MIL and GMIL passed down to you in hopes of being advice-ful in your parenting. The following are only a FEW of the ones in his book.

Myth 1: Blow on the boo-boo to make it feel better.

Is It True?: FALSE! ’The mouth is full of bacteria’, writes Jennings. Which means blowing on a boo-boo just streams bacteria right into it.

Myth 2: Wait an hour to swim after eating or you’ll get a cramp.

Is It True?: FALSE! Long-distance swimmers eat on a routine basis IN THE MIDDLE of races so that they stay nourished.

Myth 3: Never run with scissors.

Is It True?: TRUE! In 2010, the U.S. Product Safety Commission reported that 4,556 children under the age of 10 got treated for scissor-related injuries. 72% were finger injuries which leads people to believe CUTTING with scissors is a bigger safety issue than RUNNING with them.

Myth 4: Don’t lean your head back to stop a nosebleed.

Is It True?: TRUE! Leaning your head back makes the blood drain DOWN YOUR THROAT. Ewww! But if you SLIGHTLY tip your head back, it keeps the blood from gushing out of your nose and also from going down your throat.

Myth 5: Don’t Sniff Markers.

Is It True?: TRUE! Some markers have DANGEROUS solvents in them that can cause dizziness from sniffing them.

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