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Resist the Marginalization of Parents

If you like the post I did in 2007 entitled "I am not the enemy" you will really enjoy this column by Rebecca Hagelin from today's Washington Times:

Mothers are increasingly expected to be benchwarmers in the lives of our children so we don't get in the way of the "professionals." Many public educators believe they know what is best for your son or daughter. But they can't possibly understand the unique history, gifts and needs of each child shuffled through a system built for the masses. When moms do step in, they are often accused of "interfering," being "overprotective" or "close-minded."

Girls are most vulnerable when moms are shut out - some are given contraceptives, referred for abortions, and on life's biggest questions, are taught the worldview of the "professional" in charge.

Read the whole thing. Then make a renewed commitment to be the parent of your child. It may take a "village" to raise a child, but you, as the parent, have the right to choose the "village" and determine how much assistance from the "village" you need.

Comments

Barb, sfo said…
If my kids' doctor ever pulled anything like that, it would be the last time we visited that office. I am appalled.

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