Fireworks

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/01/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Ok, this was a hot button topic with my family when my son was young. I did not want to take him to see fireworks until I felt he was old enough to handle the "BOOM" that shakes your insides and of course the noise for the ears. What age do you think it is ok for kids to start going to the big fireworks?



*Also, on a second note for this debate, I know many states it is illegal to set off your own, do you set off fireworks with your kids around, or do you think it is to dangerous?*

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Amanda - posted on 07/06/2011

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My 2 year old and 4 year old were fine. We were about a block away from where the show was, so the boom was loud. If anything, they got bored after the first few minutes.

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Last year it was impossible to avoid the boom of fireworks for Lilian. She freaked out and was bawling. I finally took her outside to see where the noise was coming from, that seemed to calm her a bit.

This year she was asleep way before any fireworks went off. They didn't wake her either. Girl sleeps like a log... just like her daddy.

I like to watch fireworks, but I don't like being close to where they are going off.

Mary - posted on 07/05/2011

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Molly absolutely LOVED the fireworks! I had a feeling she might, and I had talked to her about it everyday for a week about them - told her they would be loud, but really neat and pretty. She was beside herself with excitement when the time finally rolled around to go. Once they started, she was absolutely enthralled. She did better with the noise than most of the older kids we were with, and even my sister, who knows her well, was impressed with not just how wel she did, but how much she enjoyed it.

Amy - posted on 07/05/2011

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so. instead of napoleon's fireworks [ my town too small to have any] husbands gpa invited us over because his neighbor in the country used to light them off for city and bought his own. was only about 6 miles from my house, so no traffic to get stuck in. and if too loud, could just go home. gigi giggled like a madwoman - age 4 1/2. mason was in awe, then scared and wanted grandpa, almost fell asleep, awake then in awe again. he even told the guy who set them off 'thanks you for da boomers" - 2 yrs old. charlotte opened her eyes and watched. I kept her one ear to my chest and had hand and blankie over other ear to help muffle. no crying. she's 2 wks old.

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shit I didn't realize 4th of july and you were actually asking re: that. just thought you were asking. period. glad it went well and they enjoyed.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/04/2011

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I posted some pics to my facebook for you guys to see, and yes I did bring my daughter to the fireworks. She was absolutely mesmerized by them! She had a blast!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/04/2011

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Ok, so we are going to the fireworks tonight. If they are to loud for my daughter, I will walk her away in the stroller and let Lucas enjoy them with my husband. My daughter is 15 months, I wouldn't let Lucas go to a big show until he was older. We will see how it goes I suppose. When you have 2 children, you really need to be fair to the older one too!

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well I hate fireworks but guess thats cause always hate the huge crowd thing in big city and getting home after. drunk assholes on subway or cars jam packed and takes foerever to get anywhere. also always wondered about it from the environmental aspect and how damagint they might be.

plus they jsut scare the sit out of me. not the loud booms but the morons that light them in their backyards when in a city the yards are super close and often tiny. plus they are so easy for kids to get their hands on. i.e. my nephew had a big brother. he was great. til my nephew came home one day and told my sister a police officer told them to stop lighting whatever it was they were lgihting (nothing too dangerous I figure but heloooo...big brother?). as for the boom and children...no clue...I know theya re hearing loud booms in the evening here. hoping they are fireworks and not someone shooting wild boars. regardless they seem to be ok which is unusual for them and noises at almost 20 months. guess they are getting over it.

(ps do like sparklers - hypocrite)

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Just got home from a fireworks display. No real earth rattling booms that shakes your insides. Maybe because it was small town fireworks. Eliza had her ears plugged the whole time but enjoyed the colors. The baby could care less.

Tah - posted on 07/02/2011

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Ummm, I took my kids from a young age..Penns landing in Philly..there was really no earth shattering booms that shook our bodies and the kids had a ball....we haven't been in a couple years cause they leave but we may do it Monday out va beach...rylan is 4...btw..did my in laws just show up unannounced????...

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I think 2 1/2-3 years is fine to try it out. If they get freaked then leave or sit in the car



We did the legal ground stuff just about an hour ago. both LOVED it. They were pointing at the fire works,laughing and clapping. It was sooo darn cute.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/02/2011

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The boom I am talking about is how it actually shakes your boddy, your insides. I don't like exposing young children to that. I mean it rattles you.

Amy - posted on 07/02/2011

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mason went at 3 months old - gigi was 2 - she peed on me that night. froze in pee and had to nurse son. sucked. but both kids weren't bothered by the noise. not sure if we're going this year. i think any age is fine. we aren't close enough for booms to be THAT loud.

fireworks at home - we get sparklers and stick them in the tub thing of playdough. they hold the tub and are told it's hot like a candle. they do fine.

Barb - posted on 07/02/2011

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I think i took Jeff when he was 2, and we sat in the car to muffle the loud Boom. He also had ear infections all the time and he didn't like them. He liked the pretty colors but when he'd see the bright flash he'd cuddle into me and cover his ears.

I wasn't as good a mom then as i am a grandma now LOL

When Doug and i got together, he worked at the hospital in town. The hospital is on a hill overlooking the town. We would go up on the roof with our lawn chairs, drinks and ice cream and we could see Logansport's, Peru's, Lake Cicott's and Twelve Mile. It was awesome!

Before Jr got the concept of what a year was, for every day after the 4th of July he'd ask if we could go to the "woof"

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Aiden's only seen them from far away and the noise scares him when we're in the house and he hears them. Wake him up out of a dead sleep but he's sensitive to certain noises might be because of his asd, hes 3. My little over a month old daughter heard them for the first time tonight shes not a fan. I kinda wish people would be more respectful with setting off their fireworks they do it in the middle of the night within the complex I live and its nerve racking and is probably half the reason my kids hate them. I think if they hadn't have already had to deal with being woken up by them and instead I had the chance to show them fireworks first they'd like them better and wouldn't get so freaked out. I'm sure they'll like them when they're older though.

and no I don't play with fireworks anymore, did when I was a kid but I've had my fill and figured I'd get out of the habit while I still had all my digits intact.

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My daughter has gone to see the fireworks every year.

3 months: no worries
1 year: fascinated
2 years: scared; so we sat in the car to muffle the noise
3 years: we'll see; but I asked her about going to see them and she said, "Yes! I like fireworks!"

We've done roman candles and sparklers with the kids. As with all things, set boundaries to keep your kids safe.

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