Cross-posted at Daily Kos.
I am back with your weekly parenting and caregiving diary. What did we talk about here this week?
All the rage surrounding children in public places. Literally. A Wal-Mart shopper in Georgia was charged with felony cruelty to children and held without bond after he repeatedly slapped a two-year-old across the face, according to this CBS report in Atlanta. Roger Stephens, 61, warned the child’s mother if she did not quiet the child then he would. Then he struck the 2-year-old girl three times across the face, leaving red marks.
We had a similar discussion — although different take — on a California mother and an 18-month-old who were asked to leave a theater at a museum. The two men “shooed” the 18-month-old who they say disrupted the movie. The mother proceeded to argue with the men. Have your children been reprimanded by strangers in public? What was your reaction?
Now that school has started, we discussed strategies to get kids moving in the morning. Some of the suggestions included a checklist, or for smaller children, pictures of them doing morning chores. How do you get everyone ready and out the door in the morning?
In related back-to-school news, we talked about kindergarten being the new first grade.
In light of the Jaycee Dugard case, our 1plain1peanut wrote about the number of moms in her neighborhood who won’t let their children walk to the bus stop without an adult. She advocated for teaching our children common sense — and independence. Have you become more protective of your children in light of the Dugard case? How have you broached the topic of kidnappings with your children?
Katy Farber over at Non-Toxic Kids wrote about Connecticut banning medically unnecessary ultrasounds. What do you think?
Also, are any of you as outraged as I am over the conservative outrage over President Obama’s addressing students next week? Oh. My. God.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?