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Old 12-30-2005, 02:19 PM   #1
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Another thread suggested that many adult barefooters are people who were denied the option of going barefoot as children. I am getting close to wanting to have children of my own, and I was wondering, does anyone have any info on the best way to raise a child to enjoy being barefoot?
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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Well I have thought about this too, and would suggest raising them in a barefoot-friendly social environment for one. I've seen kids raised in the country who go barefoot everywhere and to school as well. My observations of them suggest that they enjoy the challenge and are encouraged by other barefoot children. I think if I ever raised kids it would have to be in the country.
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Old 12-30-2005, 04:40 PM   #3
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There is a website called Parents for Barefoot Children. Take a look.

www.unshod.org
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Old 12-30-2005, 04:51 PM   #4
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I met a barefoot mom and her 14 year old teen daughter at a McDonalds one evening. They arrived on bicycles. The daughter went in to buy food. I complimented the mom on her (lack of) footwear. She told me she raised her daughter barefoot just as her mom raised her. She said her mom is in her 80's and still goes shoeless.

I met another mom in a Friendly's. Her feet were very dirty as were her 3 year old daughter's. She said her daughter always kicks off shoes, sandles, etc and that she picked up the habit from her!
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Old 12-30-2005, 05:40 PM   #5
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I've wondered about this. There was apparently a time when children routinely went barefoot in warm weather. I can half-remember a quote from either Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer where Huck (the all-around bad kid) was "the first to go barefoot in the spring, and the last to put shoes on in the fall", implying that all the kids did it at some point. But now it seems strange if a child goes around without shoes. When did the change happen?
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I was constantly barefoot as a child, and when the weather permits, so are my children and I (my husband is more of a flip-flop kind of guy and rarely ever went barefoot as a child! I think that's just horrible!).

It just feels so much better to be barefoot. How can anyone really enjoy having shoes on their feet? I know my kids don't, and neither do I!
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:21 PM   #7
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i don't think i've ever told my kids they needed to wear shoes unless it was to school.

had a lady in a store tell me i couldn't shop there if i didn't put shoes on my kids next time
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i don't think i've ever told my kids they needed to wear shoes unless it was to school.
Kids shouldnt have to wear shoes to school and if a school makes a kid wear shoes there then I wouldnt send them there. There are plenty of schools around so youre bound to find one that allows kids to go barefoot and if all else fails the kid can always be homeschooled and then it doesnt matter what they wear. I dont like modern schools anyways, the whole education system is screwed up, too much laziness and corrupt people working in it.

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had a lady in a store tell me i couldn't shop there if i didn't put shoes on my kids next time
What makes her think theres gonna be a next time? If shes so stuck up about your kids wearing shoes into her place then its not worth wasting time going in there, you should really take your business somewhere else where the customers wishes are more respected. Nobody should have to put up with that NS3 crap from stores.
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Old 12-30-2005, 10:39 PM   #9
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But now it seems strange if a child goes around without shoes. When did the change happen?
When all the conservative nutcases started taking over everything and influencing society. I guess they wouldnt feel they are able to impose their outdated morals on us unless everyone is wearing shoes so we dont offend anyone.
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Old 12-31-2005, 12:35 AM   #10
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But now it seems strange if a child goes around without shoes. When did the change happen?
Blame it on our "lawsuit happy society", merchant's phamtom laws, and the athletic shoe industry, especially Nike and Adidas.

Growing up most kids had two kinds of shoes, your Sunday or "School shoes" and sneakers for gym class. You either wore your nice shoes when appropriate or your PF Flyers (that was a brand of tennis shoe back in the 50's and 60's), or just went barefoot.

Thanks to the fashion industry, tennis shoes are not just for gym class anymore and you need several makes and styles to be considered a part of the "in" crowd. And now a water shoe, a WATER shoe????? P'leezze! Now kids can't go the the waterparks and pools barefoot.

So much for barefooting........kids don't know what they are missing.
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