#1 By: Xeni Jardin, August 23rd, 2013 14:07
#2 By: Ian McLoud, August 23rd, 2013 14:19
#3 By: Brian Link, August 23rd, 2013 14:23
We have new neighbors who are Burmese refugees. They're quite a large family. There is one infant in the household, and occasionally she gets a little upset. When she starts crying, a family member will start singing to her. Slowly, gradually, she'll calm down. If she starts up again, everyone in the house picks up the melody where that family member left off. A whole house full of people singing to quiet a crying baby. And that almost always works.
#5 By: Geth, August 23rd, 2013 14:32
Dear lord, this guy is some kind of genius baby whisperer.
#6 By: Geth, August 23rd, 2013 14:36
You know, it's not necessary to have this type of comment on every. single. post. that includes a child. We GET IT. Everyone understands: you don't want children. Who cares? How are you contributing in any way to the discussion on the post? Comments like these are tedious and uninteresting. Don't like children? Than don't click on a post that clearly is about children. I don't like Batman, but I don't feel the need to click on posts that are about Batman with comments like "I don't like Batman, and have no intention of seeing the current film." Why? Because it contributes nothing, and no one gives a shit.
#7 By: Mister44, August 23rd, 2013 14:38
You don't like Batman? What kind of monster are you?
#8 By: Geth, August 23rd, 2013 14:41
I just can't bring myself to care about angst-y rich white guys. Also, he's Ben Affleck now, so . . . .
#9 By: knoxblox, August 23rd, 2013 14:44
#10 By: knoxblox, August 23rd, 2013 14:45
I think it's the same spell from Ella Enchanted.
#11 By: jackbird, August 23rd, 2013 14:46
If only we had a time machine you could go back and recommend this one to Batman.
#12 By: MisterJayEm, August 23rd, 2013 14:55
Looks like TL/DR Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, i.e. do something else/think about something else.
#13 By: Brian Sizemore, August 23rd, 2013 14:58
...Robin will be played by Matt Damon...
#14 By: Tim_Escobedo, August 23rd, 2013 15:00
As I'm sure many parents will recognize, this trick works because what we're witnessing is a whole lot of phony crying, basically some minor toddler drama.
#15 By: Jeff Atwood, August 23rd, 2013 15:06
I think you might be taking his post more seriously than I did -- I didn't read it as "children are stupid!" but as a quick joke about avoiding crying children. I wasn't offended.
Sometimes I am outraged at the level of outrage here on BBS. It's tiring. Can we take a chill pill?
#16 By: Invictus, August 23rd, 2013 15:08
Oh, that is SO getting used next time the resident toddler starts crying.
#17 By: daneel, August 23rd, 2013 15:11
I'm outraged by your outrage about outrage. Show a little tolerance, please!
#18 By: gilbert wham, August 23rd, 2013 15:17
Meh. I give that child's crying a two out of ten at best. Let's see what kind of answer the cow question gets from a good, solid level eight or nine cry. Proper, bright purple, totally encased in snot child, writhing in fury, with only the back of their head and their heels in contact with the floor...
#19 By: heng, August 23rd, 2013 15:18
I don't think he was showing outrage.
#20 By: Sean, August 23rd, 2013 15:24
As the father of a 2.5 year old, I can affirm that this method (usually) works. Depends a lot on the nature of the child's grievance and also on the child. For example, my sister, as a toddler, was completely capable of focussing her outrage and maintaining it for what seemed an eternity. Me on the other hand, just had to be shown a neat leaf, or bug, or pretty much anything.
#21 By: Geth, August 23rd, 2013 15:26
Yeah, except this "quick joke," which isn't funny to any extent, shows up on literally every single damn post about a child. I'm not offended by anything other than the spread of this type of internet commenter. Comments like these are overdone here on BoingBoing, and banal.
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