The War on Parenting……..

Imagine your school grilling you and your child about “health issues”

Over at PJMedia, parenting scribe Megan Fox tells us about her kids’ back-to-school physicals, where she was asked (apparently) some… interesting questions.  Excerpt:

In fact, it took well over two and a half hours while I sat there and listened to this man, who has seen us regularly, ask my children uncomfortable questions about sexual abuse, guns in the house, bullying at school and a myriad of other things that, frankly, aren’t any of his business.

Several times he addressed me directly on parenting issues like “are they wearing helmets when they bike ride?” or “have you spoken to them about inappropriate touching?” Well, yes, actually, of course they do and I have spoken to them about abuse regularly, but what that has to do with a school physical is beyond me.

Very little was done to check them for actual physical health. I think he looked in their ears and listened to their hearts, but no reflexes were checked, no neurological exam or eye exam was given. No hearing test was administered. Mostly, it was an inquisition into my parenting skills. What do you feed them? Are they eating enough vegetables and staying away from processed foods? Do they sleep well at night and have regular bedtimes? Do you and your husband fight?  Are you safe at home?  Is anyone smoking?  I kid you not. This was the tone of the interrogation.

This, of course, should never be allowed in any way. The guise this is allowed under is “abuse screening”, and you can imagine where this type of Statism will lead. And, imagine this, tied in with “red flag” laws, and, well………….

Animal has some thoughts

 Let’s look at those questions, and I’ll answer them.

Q:  Are they wearing helmets when they bike ride?

A:  None of your damn business.

Q:  Have you spoken to them about inappropriate touching?

A:  None of your damn business.

Q:  What do you feed them?

A:  None of your damn business.

Q:  Are they eating enough vegetables and staying away from processed foods?

A:  None of your damn business.

Q:  Do they sleep well at night and have regular bedtimes?

A:  None of your damn business.

Q:  Do you and your husband fight?

A:  None of your damn business.

Q:  Are you safe at home?

A:  None of your damn business.

Q:  Is anyone smoking?

A:  None.  Of.  Your.  Damn.  Business.

Of course, this might be the first thing may parents might say, but, how many are afraid of giving such a response because the State is dictating this? Imagine the fear of having their children seized if they resist or set off some “trigger”. And, if you think I am being too alarmist, consider this piece at The Hill

A recent essay in Time Magazine called for a massive expansion of the nanny state through mandatory medical screening of children for signs of child abuse. The proposal, which is based on the assumption that racial bias is causing doctors to miss some cases of abuse, would strip doctors of the ability to apply reasoned, clinical judgment to cases and would require them to subject children to a battery of x-rays whenever bruising or other marks are noticed. Proponents of the plan — not its opponents, mind you — have given it the appropriately dystopian moniker, “think less, screen more.”

The most important words there, I would say, are “think less”. Just let the central planners have their say, what could go wrong?

“Just screen everyone” is a terrible way to approach solving the problem of bias within the system. Moreover, it’s incredibly dangerous. During fiscal year 2017, the most recent year we have data, 7.5 million children were reported to child protective services as possible victims of abuse and 3.5 million children actually received a CPS investigation. Of these, 674,000 children — less than 10-percent of those reported — were confirmed to be victims of abuse.

The problem isn’t under-reporting; it’s over-reporting that puts additional strain on a child welfare system that’s already stretched too thin and increases the odds that children in actual danger of harm will fall through the cracks.

Go read it all, and pass this around. 

 

2 thoughts on “The War on Parenting……..”

  1. Surprising that one of the doctor’s questions wasn’t, “Does your child feel their gender identification match their body gender identification?” But that would be too easy then, wouldn’t it.

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