By Dinah Pearson
February 08, 2007
Thanks for wondering, Carl, but no, my child wasn't in that car.
How do I know? I know because I've put time and energy into KNOWING
who my kids are riding with. It's my job. As a parent, I am supposed
to be pro-active in being aware of who they're with, what they're
eating, drinking, breathing, watching, listening do, and participating
Don't assume that because children
are in environments that you disagree with, their care should
be more closely government regulated. Don't assume that parents
aren't making healthy choices because they don't understand that
they are unhealthy. Should we have fines for parents who let
their children watch inappropriate movies? Fines for parents
who let their children fill up their iPods with 4-letter lyrics?
Fines for parents who let their children watch too much TV? Eat
too much sugar? Play violent video games? Don't brush their teeth?
Get too fat? Don't wear UV protection? Where do we stop asking
the police to regulate the child raising lifestyles that we disagree
Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't let my children ride in the car
with a smoker. Nor would I let them spend time at the house of
a smoker. Nor would I let them eat Fruit Loops every night for
dinner. Nor would I let them lay on the couch everyday after
school instead of playing sports. But those are family choices,
not government regulations.
The burden of raising and protecting children should fall squarely
on the shoulders of the parents with a healthy dose of back-up
assistance from the community. Parents, as a whole, make mistakes.
Parents, as a whole, have lifestyles that don t always jive.
But parents, as a whole, are the most qualified to raise their
Received February 07, 2007 - Published February 08, 2006
About: "Mother of teenagers
who have been exposed to second hand smoke, uv rays, aspertain,
under cooked meat, trans fat, and government regulations their
whole lives. Lucky they have survived."
Note: Comments published
on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
Without Choices By Carl Webb - Ketchikan, AK
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.
Send A Letter -------Read
E-mail the Editor at
Stories In The News