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Posted on October 17 at 8:27 p.m.
Thank you for being a strong voice for foster kids - they desperately need one! I agree, the foster system needs a complete overhaul - why doesn't it get more attention? Our foster children, who are powerless and at a complete disadvantage, have the right to a system that at the very least, ensures their safety and is dedicated to their empowerment and success in this increasingly competitive world.
On Foster Children System Needs Repair
Posted on November 28 at 10:13 a.m.
If my message has a positive influence on just one person, which I know it has, the time here was well spent. Agreed, it is pointless to engage with the K. Voldemorts of the world, which is why I have avoided doing so, but it is a good safety reminder they exist.
On Parenting in Public
Posted on November 27 at 11:17 p.m.
The initial "posters" were anything but "normal." The hostile climate didn't welcome constructive dialogue.
Since everyone has the option to respond directly on this site, an email was sent to "mssb" in the hope of having a rational conversation and making an appeal to the mother and grandmother within. Sadly, the result was profanity, stereotyping and now slander.
If mssb calls a remarkably polite email, that was the direct response to her personal attack, an "assault," what would she call a terminator-reminiscent stranger claiming to be a court mandated reporter, who blocks the path of a conscientious mother with her child in tow and threatens her with government intervention because she doesn't like her parenting style?
The point is this is wrong and potentially harmful. We all get she doesn't agree, so why doesn't she move on and save any further commentary for when one of the tangential topics about which she and the others insist upon ranting are actually the topic; however, it might be awhile before we see something in print on psyche-altering drinking water.
Posted on November 27 at 8:58 a.m.
It was the well-respected Indy, not the writer, that decided the article was "newsworthy" and a voice that should be heard. It is through the constructive, on-point responses, such as the one from Mr. Clausen above, that we can learn and make any progress on this issue of humanity.
Posted on November 25 at 8:06 p.m.
Mr. Volok doesn't have children. This explains a lot.
Posted on November 25 at 9:56 a.m.
It's baffling how off point some of these comments are, but perhaps it's only surprising to those of us who don't blog regularly. Maybe the commenters got the point, but chose to use the article as an excuse to vent hostility against someone they don't know, but are quick to stereotype - an historically ignorant and dangerous thing to do. I was raised by a baby boomer mother who taught us self reliance and I do wonder about today's generation of helicopter-parented children, but that has nothing to do with the article at hand. Let me reiterate my original point. Strangers policing and bullying good mothers interfering with no one IS creepy and wrong. Even the thickest-skinned of mothers would be bothered by these entitled and hostile donogoods. We are engaged and in control and don't expect help or entertainment (but certainly appreciate when it happens) and especially do not want self righteous strangers running interference, as Jane Donogood did when she appeared out of nowhere during the fourth quarter of an appropriately-handled conflict, which was quiet (although assumed disruptive) and taken out of the store so as NOT to interfere with anyone's shopping experience. If someone disagrees with the way they see someone disciplining their own child and there is nothing even remotely resembling abuse, "tough titties" as my grandmother would have said. When people observe a parenting situation they feel entitled and comfortable with knee-jerk policing, I ask they pause a moment and if they do decide to confront someone they really should gather some facts before threatening to report them to a government agency. That's the village part of the request and yes, this is a nicer town because of the willingness of the majority to be kind. Strangers in these scenarios scare the child, caring not an inkling for them, and are fueled by the case-in-point attitudes represented here. Don't take our children out in public if they have ever gotten upset in public? Ridiculous. I love the comic relief in the comment about how people judge like the old guys in the balcony on the muppets show - exactly!