Ifield mum of glasses-wearing child takes on Tesco in Crawley over offensive ‘nerd’ T-shirts

Ifield mum of glasses-wearing child takes on Tesco in Crawley over offensive ‘nerd’ T-shirts

Ifield mum of glasses-wearing child takes on Tesco in Crawley over offensive ‘nerd’ T-shirts

First published in News by , Crime reporter

Supermarket giant Tesco is removing T-shirts showing the words “nerd” and “geek” after a mother complained they were offensive to her glasses-wearing son.

Aneliese Whittaker said the clothing, part of the supermarket’s F&F range, could encourage bullying.

Miss Whittaker’s 18-month-old son Logan Kelly was born with severe cataracts in both eyes and has had to wear thick glasses since he was four months old.


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Miss Whittaker, engaged to Logan’s father Dave Kelly, said she feared the clothing range normalised calling people “geeks” and “nerds”.

She said despite being so young, Logan has already been subjected to these |aunts.

The 28-year-old mum, of Lady Margaret Road, in Ifield, Crawley, told The Argus: “I know that in some ways thick glasses are trendy and older people don’t think |being called a ‘geek’ is a big thing.

“But younger people still use the words negatively.

“Logan has been called a geek and a nerd and Tesco’s having these T-shirts on sale can encourage bullying.

“I do understand seeing a four-month-old in glasses can |be surprising, you do not expect it.

“But it does not help, a big supermarket chain doing this.

“Logan needs his glasses – they help him.

“I saw that people had brought up complaints on a Facebook group so I approached Tesco and they listened to me.

“It might just seem like a T-shirt to some people, but it can also encourage bullying.”

A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We listen to our customers and in view of the feedback we’ve received we will be removing this product from sale.

“We apologise if it has caused offence.”

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6:52am Fri 31 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Some of the world's richest and most powerful men are geeks and nerds.
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the Facebook crew etc
Geek is chic.
Some of the world's richest and most powerful men are geeks and nerds. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the Facebook crew etc Geek is chic. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 32

7:13am Fri 31 Jan 14

gazzamagoo says...

What a load of rubbish. Sticks and stones etc...
What a load of rubbish. Sticks and stones etc... gazzamagoo
  • Score: 29

7:16am Fri 31 Jan 14

gazzamagoo says...

And why has she given that kid a capuccino?
And why has she given that kid a capuccino? gazzamagoo
  • Score: 24

7:30am Fri 31 Jan 14

hyram77 says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
And why has she given that kid a capuccino?
Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: And why has she given that kid a capuccino?[/p][/quote]Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top. hyram77
  • Score: -9

7:59am Fri 31 Jan 14

bluemonday says...

whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.
whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong. bluemonday
  • Score: 27

8:23am Fri 31 Jan 14

kopite_rob says...

bluemonday wrote:
whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.
A couple of weeks ago the sports headlines were about Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Vonn calling her partner multi millionaire Tiger Woods a nerd.
His response was I think of myself more of a geek.
Positive reinforcement that it's cool and successful to be a nerd (or a geek).
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.[/p][/quote]A couple of weeks ago the sports headlines were about Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Vonn calling her partner multi millionaire Tiger Woods a nerd. His response was I think of myself more of a geek. Positive reinforcement that it's cool and successful to be a nerd (or a geek). kopite_rob
  • Score: 28

8:27am Fri 31 Jan 14

Roger Francais says...

..... That's been dropped!
..... That's been dropped! Roger Francais
  • Score: 3

10:15am Fri 31 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

bluemonday wrote:
whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.
Yeah the whole hipster scene is built around nerdy values and geek-chic. The terms geek and nerd took on new meaning long ago.
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.[/p][/quote]Yeah the whole hipster scene is built around nerdy values and geek-chic. The terms geek and nerd took on new meaning long ago. Gribbet
  • Score: 15

10:18am Fri 31 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Gribbet wrote:
bluemonday wrote:
whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.
Yeah the whole hipster scene is built around nerdy values and geek-chic. The terms geek and nerd took on new meaning long ago.
I feel more sorry for him that he's the subject of an article in the local paper that he's too young to understand.
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.[/p][/quote]Yeah the whole hipster scene is built around nerdy values and geek-chic. The terms geek and nerd took on new meaning long ago.[/p][/quote]I feel more sorry for him that he's the subject of an article in the local paper that he's too young to understand. Gribbet
  • Score: 22

10:19am Fri 31 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

bluemonday wrote:
whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.
Yeah the whole hipster scene is built around nerdy values and geek-chic. The terms geek and nerd took on new meaning long ago.
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: whats wrong with being a geek/nerd,and why is being called one so wrong.[/p][/quote]Yeah the whole hipster scene is built around nerdy values and geek-chic. The terms geek and nerd took on new meaning long ago. Gribbet
  • Score: 6

12:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Tippy Toes says...

hyram77 wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
And why has she given that kid a capuccino?
Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.
Maybe some people with kids just don't waste their money and time in coffee shops!
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: And why has she given that kid a capuccino?[/p][/quote]Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.[/p][/quote]Maybe some people with kids just don't waste their money and time in coffee shops! Tippy Toes
  • Score: 17

12:51pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ashles says...

I don't want my son to be bullied, so I'll buy him huge bright blue glasses, complain to Tesco's about a stupid T-Shirt and provide a picture of my son to the local newspaper.
I don't want my son to be bullied, so I'll buy him huge bright blue glasses, complain to Tesco's about a stupid T-Shirt and provide a picture of my son to the local newspaper. Ashles
  • Score: 41

12:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Cave Johnson says...

She doesn't understand the words at all. Besides, many more companies than Tesco use this word on their products, so why just complain to them?
She doesn't understand the words at all. Besides, many more companies than Tesco use this word on their products, so why just complain to them? Cave Johnson
  • Score: 19

1:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gazzamagoo says...

It's called finding excuses for your lack of parenting skills.
It's called finding excuses for your lack of parenting skills. gazzamagoo
  • Score: 29

2:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ThinkBrighton says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
It's called finding excuses for your lack of parenting skills.
What a load of bull sh!t, the lady is a caring mother who does not want to see her child hurt in any way, you thoughtless prat
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: It's called finding excuses for your lack of parenting skills.[/p][/quote]What a load of bull sh!t, the lady is a caring mother who does not want to see her child hurt in any way, you thoughtless prat ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -35

2:34pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gazzamagoo says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
It's called finding excuses for your lack of parenting skills.
What a load of bull sh!t, the lady is a caring mother who does not want to see her child hurt in any way, you thoughtless prat
There's being protective and there's being unrealistic. How can you expect any child to go through life without a single hurtful thing being seen or said? Not that teeshirts with the word 'Geek' or 'Nerd' are particularly that hurtful to anyone let alone a child that probably can't read yet.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: It's called finding excuses for your lack of parenting skills.[/p][/quote]What a load of bull sh!t, the lady is a caring mother who does not want to see her child hurt in any way, you thoughtless prat[/p][/quote]There's being protective and there's being unrealistic. How can you expect any child to go through life without a single hurtful thing being seen or said? Not that teeshirts with the word 'Geek' or 'Nerd' are particularly that hurtful to anyone let alone a child that probably can't read yet. gazzamagoo
  • Score: 28

2:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

starfish4 says...

Ashles wrote:
I don't want my son to be bullied, so I'll buy him huge bright blue glasses, complain to Tesco's about a stupid T-Shirt and provide a picture of my son to the local newspaper.
He HAS to wear those glasses. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to see?!?!
[quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: I don't want my son to be bullied, so I'll buy him huge bright blue glasses, complain to Tesco's about a stupid T-Shirt and provide a picture of my son to the local newspaper.[/p][/quote]He HAS to wear those glasses. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to see?!?! starfish4
  • Score: -22

3:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

simps46 says...

set him up as a target by going to the press and more fool of Tesco for removing product get a life woman !!!!!!
set him up as a target by going to the press and more fool of Tesco for removing product get a life woman !!!!!! simps46
  • Score: 21

3:10pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ashles says...

starfish4 wrote:
Ashles wrote: I don't want my son to be bullied, so I'll buy him huge bright blue glasses, complain to Tesco's about a stupid T-Shirt and provide a picture of my son to the local newspaper.
He HAS to wear those glasses. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to see?!?!
Do they need to be bright blue and with great big thick frames? It's the glass bit that is important.

Since his Mum is so concerned about him potentially being bullied because of his glasses, couldn't she buy a slightly more low-key pair?

Or does the world have to change around her because she has chosen to buy a pair of glasses for their fashion statement?
[quote][p][bold]starfish4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: I don't want my son to be bullied, so I'll buy him huge bright blue glasses, complain to Tesco's about a stupid T-Shirt and provide a picture of my son to the local newspaper.[/p][/quote]He HAS to wear those glasses. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to see?!?![/p][/quote]Do they need to be bright blue and with great big thick frames? It's the glass bit that is important. Since his Mum is so concerned about him potentially being bullied because of his glasses, couldn't she buy a slightly more low-key pair? Or does the world have to change around her because she has chosen to buy a pair of glasses for their fashion statement? Ashles
  • Score: 26

3:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ashles says...

I'm also slightly confused by how quickly Tesco has responded to this single complaint, when they haven't done anything about removing the irresponsible magazine "What Doctors Don't Tell You" (a magazine full of false and potentially dangerous nonsensical 'healthcare advice') despite many complaints.
I'm also slightly confused by how quickly Tesco has responded to this single complaint, when they haven't done anything about removing the irresponsible magazine "What Doctors Don't Tell You" (a magazine full of false and potentially dangerous nonsensical 'healthcare advice') despite many complaints. Ashles
  • Score: 9

3:15pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ashles says...

I'm not sure his Mum needs to worry about T-Shirts saying 'Nerd' or 'Geek' quite as much as she might need to worry about any which say 'Elton John'.
I'm not sure his Mum needs to worry about T-Shirts saying 'Nerd' or 'Geek' quite as much as she might need to worry about any which say 'Elton John'. Ashles
  • Score: 13

3:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gazzamagoo says...

Why the hell does it matter what his glasses look like? He probably likes them. That's not the issue is it.
Why the hell does it matter what his glasses look like? He probably likes them. That's not the issue is it. gazzamagoo
  • Score: -13

3:53pm Fri 31 Jan 14

s&k says...

PC facism thru the back door. Have you heard of irony? And Tesco has buckled to this? Let's burn some books shall we cos they're offensive.
PC facism thru the back door. Have you heard of irony? And Tesco has buckled to this? Let's burn some books shall we cos they're offensive. s&k
  • Score: 14

4:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ashles says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
Why the hell does it matter what his glasses look like? He probably likes them. That's not the issue is it.
Personally I like his glasses - if you have to wear glasses then getting frames you enjoy and that are fun seems like a sensible move.

The odd part of the story is the mum's reaction:
Rather than helping the boy to embrace the glasses and play them down as something entirely common and normal, she is essentially reinforcing the idea that glasses = nerd/geek = negative, which seems entirely counterproductive, especially as the terms aren't really pejorative anymore (many people happily self-identify quite proudly as nerds/geeks).

Demanding Tesco withdraw those T-Shirts will not make one single tiny bit of difference to anything other than now she is probably giving other children far more ammunition and reasons to tease the poor kid.
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Why the hell does it matter what his glasses look like? He probably likes them. That's not the issue is it.[/p][/quote]Personally I like his glasses - if you have to wear glasses then getting frames you enjoy and that are fun seems like a sensible move. The odd part of the story is the mum's reaction: Rather than helping the boy to embrace the glasses and play them down as something entirely common and normal, she is essentially reinforcing the idea that glasses = nerd/geek = negative, which seems entirely counterproductive, especially as the terms aren't really pejorative anymore (many people happily self-identify quite proudly as nerds/geeks). Demanding Tesco withdraw those T-Shirts will not make one single tiny bit of difference to anything other than now she is probably giving other children far more ammunition and reasons to tease the poor kid. Ashles
  • Score: 13

4:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

MzEden1 says...

My baby cousin has those glasses too. You don't get a choice, they are pink or blue or clear. They are NOT a fashion statement, they are essential so the little one can see.
My baby cousin has those glasses too. You don't get a choice, they are pink or blue or clear. They are NOT a fashion statement, they are essential so the little one can see. MzEden1
  • Score: 8

5:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mimseycal says...

MzEden1 wrote:
My baby cousin has those glasses too. You don't get a choice, they are pink or blue or clear. They are NOT a fashion statement, they are essential so the little one can see.
One of my daughters, when little, had to wear glasses. She was about 2.5 at the time. True the NHS ones offered weren't fantastic and so I worked overtime and bought her some understated safety frames. And yes, it was expensive as they needed to be replaced quite often. toddlers aren't the most careful handlers of spectacle frames. But that was my choice as a caring mother ... that and teaching my children that what counts is what you do, not what you look like!
[quote][p][bold]MzEden1[/bold] wrote: My baby cousin has those glasses too. You don't get a choice, they are pink or blue or clear. They are NOT a fashion statement, they are essential so the little one can see.[/p][/quote]One of my daughters, when little, had to wear glasses. She was about 2.5 at the time. True the NHS ones offered weren't fantastic and so I worked overtime and bought her some understated safety frames. And yes, it was expensive as they needed to be replaced quite often. toddlers aren't the most careful handlers of spectacle frames. But that was my choice as a caring mother ... that and teaching my children that what counts is what you do, not what you look like! mimseycal
  • Score: 6

6:15pm Fri 31 Jan 14

melee says...

"Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa"

Nothing to do with having kids. I have two but I've never felt the need to take them into Costa let alone buy a babychino.
"Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa" Nothing to do with having kids. I have two but I've never felt the need to take them into Costa let alone buy a babychino. melee
  • Score: 11

6:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

hyram77 wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
And why has she given that kid a capuccino?
Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.
What? You've fallen for the trap big time if that is correct.
Child coffee and child meals; both a complete and utter waste of money unless of course you are taking the mickey which I suspect you are.
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: And why has she given that kid a capuccino?[/p][/quote]Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.[/p][/quote]What? You've fallen for the trap big time if that is correct. Child coffee and child meals; both a complete and utter waste of money unless of course you are taking the mickey which I suspect you are. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 7

9:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

My dad smoked near us as kids as it wasn't considered evil in the 1970s but he wouldn't have dreamed of giving a toddler a coffee with chocolate sprinkled on it, that would have been a real no no as both are stimulants. We were always given milk by the bucket full.
How times have changed. It's ironic that if you ask for a latte in Italy you get milk which is the direct translation but here and the US it's become the translation for a milky coffee which is a caffe latte when ordering in Italy. The wee lad should stick to hot milk and kick the stimulants. He'll be ordering Red. Bull next.
My dad smoked near us as kids as it wasn't considered evil in the 1970s but he wouldn't have dreamed of giving a toddler a coffee with chocolate sprinkled on it, that would have been a real no no as both are stimulants. We were always given milk by the bucket full. How times have changed. It's ironic that if you ask for a latte in Italy you get milk which is the direct translation but here and the US it's become the translation for a milky coffee which is a caffe latte when ordering in Italy. The wee lad should stick to hot milk and kick the stimulants. He'll be ordering Red. Bull next. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 6

10:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mimseycal says...

It is about time 'caring' mothers, and fathers, realised that children are ... wait for it ... children! They are not miniature adults for all that they are adults in potential. They deserve to be treated as children and that includes some things they do not do, get or learn to expect.

Giving children babychinos, getting hung up about them being offended by T-shirts and giving them the false impression that life is a stroll in the park is to ensure that they will find life as incomprehensible as possible. Teach children to rise above pettiness, teach them that some things are the preserve of adults, show them that life is about more then a smooth ride and you, with any luck, will end up with a child that will become a well balanced adult one day.
It is about time 'caring' mothers, and fathers, realised that children are ... wait for it ... children! They are not miniature adults for all that they are adults in potential. They deserve to be treated as children and that includes some things they do not do, get or learn to expect. Giving children babychinos, getting hung up about them being offended by T-shirts and giving them the false impression that life is a stroll in the park is to ensure that they will find life as incomprehensible as possible. Teach children to rise above pettiness, teach them that some things are the preserve of adults, show them that life is about more then a smooth ride and you, with any luck, will end up with a child that will become a well balanced adult one day. mimseycal
  • Score: 10

11:18pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Minion says...

being offended by those t-shirts is just making a statement that being a nerd or wearing glasses is something to be ashamed of. there's nothing wrong with being a nerd and there's nothing wrong with wearing glasses, in fact right now it's cool to be a nerd and people who don't even need glasses are wearing them to be fashionable. this child will grow up feeling ashamed if he turns out to be intelligent and nerdy, because his mother has mad him feel that it's a bad thing. why don't we ban all t-shirts with pictures of black people on them to disccourage racism while we're at it? an we should ban anything rainbow coloured because that might enccoourage homophobia... I feel sorry for the him, he'll probably grow up insecure because of his mother.
being offended by those t-shirts is just making a statement that being a nerd or wearing glasses is something to be ashamed of. there's nothing wrong with being a nerd and there's nothing wrong with wearing glasses, in fact right now it's cool to be a nerd and people who don't even need glasses are wearing them to be fashionable. this child will grow up feeling ashamed if he turns out to be intelligent and nerdy, because his mother has mad him feel that it's a bad thing. why don't we ban all t-shirts with pictures of black people on them to disccourage racism while we're at it? an we should ban anything rainbow coloured because that might enccoourage homophobia... I feel sorry for the him, he'll probably grow up insecure because of his mother. Minion
  • Score: 9

11:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Tippy Toes wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
And why has she given that kid a capuccino?
Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.
Maybe some people with kids just don't waste their money and time in coffee shops!
...they spend it on booze n fags instead and a playstation for the child to shut them up when they keep asking for a day out in town with a babycino
[quote][p][bold]Tippy Toes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: And why has she given that kid a capuccino?[/p][/quote]Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.[/p][/quote]Maybe some people with kids just don't waste their money and time in coffee shops![/p][/quote]...they spend it on booze n fags instead and a playstation for the child to shut them up when they keep asking for a day out in town with a babycino Gribbet
  • Score: 0

6:04am Sat 1 Feb 14

Boloney-marshal says...

you're a sad lot of losers...this is not newsworthy, it's cringe worthy!
you're a sad lot of losers...this is not newsworthy, it's cringe worthy! Boloney-marshal
  • Score: 4

11:42am Sat 1 Feb 14

madzukun88 says...

This is ridiculous, It's like telling boots to stop selling red hair dye because people make fun of gingers.
This is ridiculous, It's like telling boots to stop selling red hair dye because people make fun of gingers. madzukun88
  • Score: 12

12:34pm Sat 1 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

I feel sorry for this poor lad. Not because he has to wear glasses but because he has a mother who is ashamed of his glasses. It seems to me as if it is the mother, and one presumes a father who goes along with it, who has an issue with glasses and nerdiness. She will now proceed to ensure that her darling boy grows up with the same issues she has ... sad really.
I feel sorry for this poor lad. Not because he has to wear glasses but because he has a mother who is ashamed of his glasses. It seems to me as if it is the mother, and one presumes a father who goes along with it, who has an issue with glasses and nerdiness. She will now proceed to ensure that her darling boy grows up with the same issues she has ... sad really. mimseycal
  • Score: 8

2:47pm Sat 1 Feb 14

FatherTed11 says...

What a stuipd selfish b1tch.
What a stuipd selfish b1tch. FatherTed11
  • Score: 7

5:06pm Sat 1 Feb 14

melee says...

Surely if someone buys a t shirt that says 'Nerd' or 'Geek' on it and wears it, they are calling themselves a nerd or geek? Obviously they don't see it as a bad thing so I really cannot see how the shirts would encourage bullying! So far as I can see the only person equating wearing glasses with being somehow worthy of being bullied is Miss Whittaker herself.
Well anyway they don't have the choice now do they, all because of one mad woman who has got the wrong idea of what is offensive and what isn't.
Surely if someone buys a t shirt that says 'Nerd' or 'Geek' on it and wears it, they are calling themselves a nerd or geek? Obviously they don't see it as a bad thing so I really cannot see how the shirts would encourage bullying! So far as I can see the only person equating wearing glasses with being somehow worthy of being bullied is Miss Whittaker herself. Well anyway they don't have the choice now do they, all because of one mad woman who has got the wrong idea of what is offensive and what isn't. melee
  • Score: 10

9:19pm Sat 1 Feb 14

verjo says...

I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate.
I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate. verjo
  • Score: 2

10:15pm Sat 1 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

verjo wrote:
I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate.
The words will not affect the child. His mothers' attitude will however.

As for the babychino ... Aside from the absurdity of mimicking a decidedly adult drink you mean? Is that a child friendly cup suitable for an 18 month old? All the child can do without help is dunk the biscuit he is holding ... nice manners BTW.
[quote][p][bold]verjo[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate.[/p][/quote]The words will not affect the child. His mothers' attitude will however. As for the babychino ... Aside from the absurdity of mimicking a decidedly adult drink you mean? Is that a child friendly cup suitable for an 18 month old? All the child can do without help is dunk the biscuit he is holding ... nice manners BTW. mimseycal
  • Score: 4

8:22am Sun 2 Feb 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

mimseycal wrote:
verjo wrote:
I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate.
The words will not affect the child. His mothers' attitude will however.

As for the babychino ... Aside from the absurdity of mimicking a decidedly adult drink you mean? Is that a child friendly cup suitable for an 18 month old? All the child can do without help is dunk the biscuit he is holding ... nice manners BTW.
My mother never used a bottle for any of her four children; we were always fed from a china mug and learned to hold the thing at an early age.
We were never given 'child' meals either and always had scaled down versions of adult meals which we ate at the same pace as the adults.
I see no reason as to why an 18 month old should not be able to hold a cup. That it may be ludicrous for the mother to want to have a picture in a paper is another matter.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]verjo[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate.[/p][/quote]The words will not affect the child. His mothers' attitude will however. As for the babychino ... Aside from the absurdity of mimicking a decidedly adult drink you mean? Is that a child friendly cup suitable for an 18 month old? All the child can do without help is dunk the biscuit he is holding ... nice manners BTW.[/p][/quote]My mother never used a bottle for any of her four children; we were always fed from a china mug and learned to hold the thing at an early age. We were never given 'child' meals either and always had scaled down versions of adult meals which we ate at the same pace as the adults. I see no reason as to why an 18 month old should not be able to hold a cup. That it may be ludicrous for the mother to want to have a picture in a paper is another matter. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 1

8:42am Sun 2 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Old Ladys Gin wrote:
mimseycal wrote:
verjo wrote:
I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate.
The words will not affect the child. His mothers' attitude will however.

As for the babychino ... Aside from the absurdity of mimicking a decidedly adult drink you mean? Is that a child friendly cup suitable for an 18 month old? All the child can do without help is dunk the biscuit he is holding ... nice manners BTW.
My mother never used a bottle for any of her four children; we were always fed from a china mug and learned to hold the thing at an early age.
We were never given 'child' meals either and always had scaled down versions of adult meals which we ate at the same pace as the adults.
I see no reason as to why an 18 month old should not be able to hold a cup. That it may be ludicrous for the mother to want to have a picture in a paper is another matter.
A cup ... yes. A chino cup such as the one in the photograph is far too unbalanced in weight to be grip-able by small hands...

My kids too were fed on what was being cooked and were encouraged to use 'normal' cutlery and crockery. But there is a world of difference between a china mug and that cup ... Look at it for crying out loud ... the handle is just about grip-able between an adult thumb and forefinger ... a child will not get their fingers to grip it. The shape means that unless you hold it completely balanced, it will at best spill but more then likely upend altogether ...

Encouraging children to increase their digital dexterity and manipulation is one thing ... setting them up for a fall is another.
[quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]verjo[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how does this affect the child ? people will always use these words whether they are on a tshirt or not. Also a babychino is just milk with a sprinkling of chocolate.[/p][/quote]The words will not affect the child. His mothers' attitude will however. As for the babychino ... Aside from the absurdity of mimicking a decidedly adult drink you mean? Is that a child friendly cup suitable for an 18 month old? All the child can do without help is dunk the biscuit he is holding ... nice manners BTW.[/p][/quote]My mother never used a bottle for any of her four children; we were always fed from a china mug and learned to hold the thing at an early age. We were never given 'child' meals either and always had scaled down versions of adult meals which we ate at the same pace as the adults. I see no reason as to why an 18 month old should not be able to hold a cup. That it may be ludicrous for the mother to want to have a picture in a paper is another matter.[/p][/quote]A cup ... yes. A chino cup such as the one in the photograph is far too unbalanced in weight to be grip-able by small hands... My kids too were fed on what was being cooked and were encouraged to use 'normal' cutlery and crockery. But there is a world of difference between a china mug and that cup ... Look at it for crying out loud ... the handle is just about grip-able between an adult thumb and forefinger ... a child will not get their fingers to grip it. The shape means that unless you hold it completely balanced, it will at best spill but more then likely upend altogether ... Encouraging children to increase their digital dexterity and manipulation is one thing ... setting them up for a fall is another. mimseycal
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8:51am Mon 3 Feb 14

Tippy Toes says...

Gribbet wrote:
Tippy Toes wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
And why has she given that kid a capuccino?
Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.
Maybe some people with kids just don't waste their money and time in coffee shops!
...they spend it on booze n fags instead and a playstation for the child to shut them up when they keep asking for a day out in town with a babycino
Speak for yourself! I tend to take mine to the park, out for walks, to the farm, or out on their bikes.
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tippy Toes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: And why has she given that kid a capuccino?[/p][/quote]Clearly you don't have kids.... It's a babychino from Costa. Basically frothed milk with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.[/p][/quote]Maybe some people with kids just don't waste their money and time in coffee shops![/p][/quote]...they spend it on booze n fags instead and a playstation for the child to shut them up when they keep asking for a day out in town with a babycino[/p][/quote]Speak for yourself! I tend to take mine to the park, out for walks, to the farm, or out on their bikes. Tippy Toes
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