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Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:13 pm
by FatherTime
Apparently the nanny is putting a knife surrounded by tissue on top of baby’s head to help it sleep... WTF!?

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Re: Cambodian cultural things for children

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:22 pm
by slavedog
FatherTime wrote:Apparently the nanny is putting a knife surrounded by tissue on top of baby’s head to help it sleep... WTF!?


She must be a traditional lass from the countryside, most modern city girls do this with a pair of scissors these days.

Re: Cambodian cultural things for children

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:47 pm
by Alexandra
Sharp objects are for keeping the ghosts away. The red cross on the forehead is some bullshit too.

Have a beer and don't think too much.

Re: Cambodian cultural things for children

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:06 pm
by FatherTime
Alexandra wrote:Sharp objects are for keeping the ghosts away. The red cross on the forehead is some bullshit too.

Have a beer and don't think too much.


Good advice. It’s the wife’s job to talk to the nanny anyways.

Re: Cambodian cultural things for children

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:46 pm
by gavinmac
FatherTime wrote:Apparently the nanny is putting a knife surrounded by tissue on top of baby’s head to help it sleep... WTF!?


What the fuck?? Cambodian babies sleep with knives?

Re: Cambodian cultural things for children

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:28 pm
by FatherTime
gavinmac wrote:
FatherTime wrote:Apparently the nanny is putting a knife surrounded by tissue on top of baby’s head to help it sleep... WTF!?


What the fuck?? Cambodian babies sleep with knives?


I texted a Western educated Khmer about this. This was her response:


Normally you see toddlers wake up very often or not sound asleep. If it happens use knife or scissor bend around with tissue or small piece of cloth to prevent the unintentional cut.

The belief is the old mother or other spirit near by or in the house come to play with him and we use it to scare them away.

It sometimes work really well but you have to be very cautious.

Re: Cambodian cultural things for children

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:38 pm
by gavinmac
What the fuck? Can we get a thread on this? It's bad enough the have newborns wearing necklaces and sleeping with stuffed animals and pillows and shit. Knives?

Do Western fathers allow this? I can't imagine any Westerner allowing his infant to sleep with a knife. Except Ricecakes.

Re: Cambodian cultural things for children

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:14 am
by logos
gavinmac wrote:What the fuck? Can we get a thread on this? It's bad enough the have newborns wearing necklaces and sleeping with stuffed animals and pillows and shit. Knives?

Do Western fathers allow this? I can't imagine any Westerner allowing his infant to sleep with a knife. Except Ricecakes.

You get your knickers in twist over a pair of wrapoed up blunted scissors ?

Is that more dangerous than keeping loaded guns in drawers and closets for kids to shoot their siblings, like in some American families ?

Re: Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:33 am
by gavinmac
Come on we don't keep guns in children's beds in the USA. They are on the nightstand.

Did your kids sleep with knives in their beds? I want everyone polled on this.

Re: Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:23 am
by GMJS-440
I put my foot down when she started having our son sleep with the expensive Japanese brand knives. He could have damaged the knives.

Re: Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:13 am
by logos
Same here. I told her she'd misunderstood me when I had mentioned the pleasure of having sharp kids, and that being on cutting edge of education was a metaphor.

Re: Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:53 am
by slavedog
There are other ways with which to ensure a child turns out intelligent. For example, an expectant mother can eat a goose egg during pregnancy.

Re: Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:06 am
by FatherTime
So I came home and found it was “above” his head in the crib, a few cm away, and not “on top of”. This seems to be a super common belief here, as every Cambodian I’ve asked is like “yes, this is normal”.

Also, my nanny’s name is Srey Pii. I’m not sure what happened to Srey Muoy.

Re: Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:42 am
by spitthedog
Yeah, don't tink too mut man. Well, at least not until the kid stabs himself or sumting, but then you can follow certain other procedures. Like burying the little bugger in sand etc..

Re: Knives above sleeping childrens’ heads

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:59 am
by amirite
spitthedog wrote:Yeah, don't tink too mut man. Well, at least not until the kid stabs himself or sumting, but then you can follow certain other procedures. Like burying the little bugger in sand etc..


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