OT Just Thought I Would Share What Someone Sent Me

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newbie - February 8

Should parents be charged with a misdemeanor for not attendi Body: Should parents be charged with a misdemeanor for not attending a parent-teacher conference? It could happen in Texas. Should parents have to go to anger-management classes for spanking their toddler? It could happen in California. Should parents be fined for smoking in a car with their child? It could happen in several states, including Connecticut, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Lawmakers in statehouses across the country are considering measures that some say illustrate the tension between how parents rear their kids and how much the state has a stake in protecting children. "I think there is some public concern about the way in which children are growing up," Laurence Steinberg, a Philadelphia parenting expert, says of these sorts of measures. Feelings are particularly strong in Texas, where 26 state senators have called on Gov. Rick Perry to rescind an executive order requiring young girls to receive vaccinations to protect against cervical cancer. The move effectively sidestepped the kind of discussion expected in the other 23 states and the District of Columbia considering mandating the vaccination against the s_xually transmitted virus. Americans "have traditionally viewed the family as part of the private sphere, where the scope for individual parental decision is very wide and the legitimacy of governmental intrusion is suspect," says William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Inst_tution in Washington, D.C. "On the other hand, there are broad standards as a society we have decided are applicable to all individuals and especially minor children." Peter Sprigg of the non-profit Family Research Council, a conservative social policy organization, says his group opposes making the vaccine mandatory and supports a parent's right to discipline with "moderate spanking." But it has no position on legislation involving secondhand smoke and children. "Raising children is one of the things government is least well qualified to do," he says. Besides preventing abuse, Sprigg says the government should not interfere in parental decision-making "to any great extent." But to Democratic Assemblywoman Sally Lieber of California, who is drafting a measure against physical violence against anyone under age 3 — infant car seats and other child restraints also were once considering overstepping parental authority. "As lawmakers, we have an ethical and moral responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members of society," she says.


ash2 - February 8

Well i agree about the smoking in the car thing...that could really affect a kids respitory illness. The parent/teachers meetings is a little overboard. I believe moms should attend them for the fact they need to be involved, but not charged. And about the spanking....well lets just say we are going to have a bunch of wild a**, spoiled , bratty kids in the next 20 years if they pa__s that law !


CyndiG - February 8

I'll probably go to jail on two out of four of those things.....I spank (although under 3 it's just a swat on the behind just to get their attention), and there's NO WAY I will let my little girl get that vaccine in the 6th grade! Are you kidding me??????? I think that there are lot's of people out there who need major help raising their children, but the majority doesn't. I agree with Peter Sprigg, with the exception, I do agree with not smoking in the car with a child. So, I say, throw me in jail...........


DeeJay - February 9

Amen CyndiG, I agree, see you in jail!!!


Emily - February 9

A gree ont he smoking in the car thing but come on, what is wrong witht he world today that parents need total help in rasiing our children. Think they are taking the it takes a villiage thing a little far. One of these days they will have us hand over our children to the government before we are alowed to leave the hosptial. Can you belive that they actually had a "specally trained" nurse come by and toalk to us about things such as if we have air conditioning to use it at home with the baby. (she was boen in June) I mean come on!



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