How can I convince my parents to let me make slime?

I used to make slime with Borax, but my parents got paranoid after that 11-year-old girl got chemical burns and they took away all of my ingredients. Making sine with baking soda and contact lens solution is totally safe, but my parents (especially my dad) never hear what I have to say. How can I convince them otherwise?

I meant slime, not sine.

9 Answers

  • Go to your friend’s house to make slime.

  • You’re parents are probably right. You can live without slime, can’t you?

    Maybe some kitchen ingredients can create some slime for you.

    Or maybe they can buy some shaving cream for you. It’s fun to

    play with, too. Feels smooth and wonderful.

  • You can try using washing powder and make liquid out of it (or use detergent for clothes) and mix the thing with glue. Also you can use starch and mix it with water. It would be interesting to use it – its in liquid form until you mix it around!

  • If you have a friend of the family who is a science teacher, scientist, scout troop leader, engineer, etc, maybe she could supervise and be sure you’re doing it safely. If you frame it as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activity, that may help.

    Also there is a movement to build “grit” in kids. In the 80s kids roamed the neighborhood and came up with things to do. Now they’re usually doing supervised activities and passively watching screens, and there’s concern kids don’t have as much “grit”. I imagine your parents wouldn’t want you to forgo a chemistry project in favor of watching TV.

  • I think you can make it with Elmer’s white glue, but it’s sort of a waste of time. Why don’t you do something productive, like chores around the house??

  • Ask them to HELP you make it. Maybe they will feel more comfortable if they can supervise.

  • you probably cant, maybe you can make some at your friends house

  • Slime is so messy and annoying. I was a daycare teacher for a bit and my students were between 5 and 11 years old and about half were always making or playing with, slime. It got all over the tables, floors, chairs, clothes. It is so difficult to get off of clothes. Seriously, you’re better off not making slime unless you want your parents to punish you for a mess.

  • Here are some general suggestions I make to younger teens in case you might get some helpful ideas from them. Ask to have a serious discussion with your parents about how they see things panning out in the coming months and years. It needs to be fairly rational, so if one of you becomes too emotional (e.g. angry) it would be best to time out and try again another time. Prepare in advance what you would like to say and ask: write a plan, even.

    As you reach each birthday, for example, or each new school year, what rights, freedoms and responsibilities will you have? Chores, pocket money, curfews, dating, etc. will all come into it, obviously. You can’t really expect something for nothing, so think about what you can put into the family and household as part of your negotiations as to what you can get.

    If you are to grow into a responsible adult, it must be a gradual process: if they keep you wrapped up in cotton wool and then suddenly let you out of the box at eighteen, you won’t have enough experience to know how to handle it.

    That said, your parent(s) is/are responsible for your safety and welfare during this time: no doubt they love you and they themselves have the experiences you don’t yet. Seeing things on t.v. and hearing your friends’ (exaggerated?) stories aren’t quite the same.

    If they don’t want to do this, ask them if they will please consider a plan and talk again in a week or so. All plans need to be a little flexible, as unexpected things can happen, of course.

    Hopefully this will show that you have a maturing attitude to your family and your life.

    Good Luck!

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