Healthier Babies

A link to an important article in The Guardian appears at the end of this post. I was not breastfed as a baby.  Because of that, and other reasons, I suspect I got a genuinely raw deal on a healthy start in life. Educating the public on how to raise children is delicate.  Many parents and prospective parents see it as an entitlement issue, and no one — not a healthcare provider, and certainly not any childless person — has a right to speak up. I wish someone had persuaded my mother to breastfeed me, but I also know if anyone had … Continue reading Healthier Babies

Yes, These People are Real. Let’s Hope They Aren’t too Common

Sadly, the parent who lacks empathy can be found anywhere.  Neighborhood/schoolyard bullies often know which of their peers have dysfunctional parents, and they exploit these family tragedies. One of the reasons bullying is rampant among children is there are few alternatives to parents getting involved.  Although it’s true that good parents have intervened — with mixed results — there’s always the child who spends years begging a bad parent for protection. Don’t assume every parent has concern, perspective or a sense of obligation toward his or her children.  Some people who have reproduced or adopted are ignorant, chemically dependent, mentally … Continue reading Yes, These People are Real. Let’s Hope They Aren’t too Common

Yes, it’s Important Education

(Disclaimer: I am not an educator or health professional.  The opinions in this blog post are based on personal experience and observation) I live in California, where a terribly misguided legislative bill was passed and signed by the Governor sometime after I left school.  The law, which is still in effect after more than thirty years, requires parental consent before students in taxpayer funded (public) schools can receive sex education. I remember the arguments in favor of the bill, and most were centered on parental entitlement.  Parents wanted to control what their kids were told about sex, and in some … Continue reading Yes, it’s Important Education