To think a 4 year old should know not to push over a giant Lego statue

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sandrabedminster Thu 02-Jun-16 07:39:57

4 year old pushes over Lego statue.

That's just a badly behaved child right? Mine at 4 knew not to do things like this because I didn't let then run wild. I don't think the age is any excuse what so ever.

HappiestMummyAlive Thu 02-Jun-16 07:42:45

Why are you being so judgemental?

That's just a badly behaved child right?

You have no right to say that, nor judge other people's children.

megletthesecond Thu 02-Jun-16 07:43:32

You're lucky to have a well behaved four year old. One of mine would and I've known other four year olds capable of some pretty daft things.

Sparklingbrook Thu 02-Jun-16 07:45:08

YABU. Not all 4 year olds are the same.

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sandrabedminster Thu 02-Jun-16 07:48:16

Mine were no angles at that age. But they would know doing something like that is wrong. I see it all the time, children that have never heard the word "no".

Brandonstarkflakes Thu 02-Jun-16 07:49:20

Hmmmm, i struggle not to be judgemntal about this. 4 is aurely old enough to know that you dont do this? And the other incident mentioned in thst article where he boyz destroyed the status and their mum took video? That can't be true surely?!

historyismything Thu 02-Jun-16 07:49:37

I don't think YABU. Mine wouldn't do that either! There is a time and place to run around and play; around something that has taken a lot of time and effort to make isn't it!

mollie123 Thu 02-Jun-16 07:50:14

it was behind a barrier - surely the responsible adult with the children should have been aware of the possibility that a 4 year old 'could' take it into their head to push it over.
TBH - I was more appalled at the two children destroying the glass sculpture in Shanghai while their mother took a video of it.shock

TiggyD Thu 02-Jun-16 07:51:44

Children do unsensible things sometimes. That's why they're not allowed to be judges.

Sparklingbrook Thu 02-Jun-16 07:52:32

That barrier was a rope by the looks of it. confused

Lilaclily Thu 02-Jun-16 07:52:42

I think the fact it was behind the rope barrier should have told the parents that the kid wasn't to cross the barrier
It's appalling
The rubbish strewn at the Beijing museum also is shocking, why didn't the teachers make the children clear up
the world's goes to the dogs grin

Gizlotsmum Thu 02-Jun-16 07:53:13

See I kind of agree at 4 they should know... But my 4 yr old would have wanted to touch and despite being told no and watched/held I can see how he could have managed it.

neonrainbow Thu 02-Jun-16 07:54:07

Its lego. What do they expect?

PPie10 Thu 02-Jun-16 07:54:18

Yanbu, sounds like a naughty boy. A lot of 4yo wouldn't do this.

NightWanderer Thu 02-Jun-16 07:57:20

The one child system in China has caused a lot of children to be spoilt. I'm not saying all only-children are spoilt but there is a philosophy there that until the age of 5 children aren't disciplined then once they start school, it's bam.

I was also shocked at the glass sculpture. The two kids were standing inside the barrier. I get the Lego thing could have been an accident but the glass sculpture definitely wasn't.

MustStopAndThinkBeforePosting Thu 02-Jun-16 07:57:56

Obviously better barriers and supervision would have been great, but my first thought on seeing the picture was along the lines of "what kind of inexperienced idiot makes a leg sculpture that top-heavy? It will barely take a breath of wind to knock it over" - if this 4yo hadn't touched it, it would have been broken by something else later on that day. The sculpture didn't have a stable base and wasn't well designed for a public exhibition.

AnnaMarlowe Thu 02-Jun-16 07:59:31

Well, it depends what actually happened though. Did he push it or accidentally bang in to it?

Either way the parents should have been supervising, although the article I read said that the Mum was extremely apologetic (can you imagine how bad she feels now?)

I felt very sorry for the artist though, all that work.

sixinabed Thu 02-Jun-16 08:01:24

A) the artist should have glued the Lego together, and placed the statue on a wide stable base.

B) the parents apologised and offered to pay. Personally I think this shows that it was not a 'spoilt' child, but one who went to touch the Lego (a natural urge for a 4yo imo) and most probably accidentally it fell over. The statue was very tall with a narrow base - not exactly stable. 4yos are curious and can nip behind a rope in a second. Judging this child based on a vindictive internet article that does not give all the information about what happened means YABU.

Sparklingbrook Thu 02-Jun-16 08:02:23

The actual details are a bit sketchy aren't they? Who knows what actually happened?

I am sure it can be rebuilt.

TormundGiantsbabe Thu 02-Jun-16 08:03:46

Did he actually push it though? Or did he just touch it and it fell down because it's a top heavy lego sculpture that hasn't been kraggled? My son is very tactile, he can't resist wanting to touch everything when we go out which is why we don't go to museums without everything behind glass just yet but he wouldn't mean to break it.

And a rope barrier is the world's worst type of barrier - high enough to let kids under it easily, too high to let adults chase after them quickly.

cleaty Thu 02-Jun-16 08:06:06

The lego bricks were glued together, but were not strong enough to endure being pushed over.

Sparklingbrook Thu 02-Jun-16 08:06:42

When my two DSs were that age they loved a car museum. But some cars were behind ropes and not to be touched, and some they were allowed to get in and pretend to drive etc, it was all a bit 'mixed message' IYKWIM. They were always really excited too.

kinkytoes Thu 02-Jun-16 08:10:31

Why should everything be partitioned off to the nth degree just to ensure naughty kids don't break through? It ruins it for others.

celeste83 Thu 02-Jun-16 08:13:25

Yes at four they should be beginning to understand right and wrong but they are still young children so should probably be cut some slack. Its their parents who should have been more on the ball imo. This story actually made me laugh when i read it on the BBC website grin

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