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7 Reasons I'm Ashamed To Be A Parent In America

7 Reasons I'm Ashamed To Be A Parent In America
Paul Manton March 17, 2014 at 02:40 PM
I have friends who grew up in the Soviet Union during the 1960's and 70's. No barrel of laughs elsewhile their families would not have come to America. A few left because they were Jews. But in describing these childhoods, they sound eerily like Americans I their sixties and seventies describing their own American childhoods in the 50's. My Russian friend's schools and neighborhoods were not overrun with guns, gangs, and drugs; their parents had steady jobs that were unlikely to be outsourced to India or given to someone from Mexico. There didn't seem to be any homeless families in their community. Communism was an awful system in most ways, and certainly not a sustainable economic system, but the authoritarianism that accompanied it gave children a highly ordered society in which to grow up and, consequently, the stability that allowed them to become healthy and well-adjusted adults. It's sobering to consider that a child born in America in 2014 is statistically more likely to experience homelessness, addiction, and violent crime than a child born in 2014 in most European countries, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, and Singapore. But let's not make this a Democrat/Republican or liberal/conservative phenomenon. Both Left and Right have spent the last fifty years in this country promoting the labor, trade, tax, educational, criminal justice, housing, and immigration policies that have contributed to the aforesaid plight of today's newborn American. Let's talk solutions.
John L March 17, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Whoever wrote that article...GO AWAY !!! JERK!!! Try your logic somewhere else, America will not miss you we promise !
Jan Getz March 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Cozetter, as a teacher, I must say that we can do a hell of a lot better as parents!
b smith March 18, 2014 at 08:27 PM
I can't help it if your are ashamed of your OWN parenting skills. As for me, I love being the parent of two great young men. Both of them are wonderful blessing to me and to the lives of others. Don't project your own short-comings onto others. I am doing my job as a parent. Are you Ms. Tesimu?
Hannah Bissell April 01, 2014 at 11:13 AM
To those who mentioned bodily fluids in regards to breast milk.... so is spit and it has way more germs. To those who mentioned pumping/using a bottle. Neither one of my children would eat from a bottle. If I could have, that would have been my first option as it is not easy or fun to nurse a child. Having that option would have made motherhood much different for me. One of my kids was failure to thrive. Getting her to eat was my number one priority. My son and my brothers were all raised around breast feeding. Did they still have normal teenager desires? Absolutely! The difference is they saw that nursing a baby is not sexual. For those saying other functions are natural also and not appropriate... are you really comparing eating to bowel movements? The child is EATING. You are EATING. It is the same activity. I'm also not saying I take my top off and shake about. Like most nursing mothers, I minimized the exposure as much as possible. And for the one who said I can just leave... well, I'm not the one uncomfortable. I say, you are free to leave.

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