Parenting Rights and Vaccination – Where do they end? Or begin?

I’m extremely pro-vaccination.  I make no secret of that and no apologies for that.  I’m also a believer in parenting as one chooses.  But right now, I’m in a quandary.  My pro-vaccination stance and my belief in parenting rights are at odds.

Because so many are exercising their parenting rights to keep their children in a way that I consider to be risky due to my pro-vaccination stance, I’m forced to wonder where your parenting rights end and mine begin.  The old saying is that “your rights end where his nose begins.”  Does that mean your parenting rights end where mine begin? [Read more…]

Public Breastfeeding – Why is this an Issue?

There are a lot of parenting issues out there.  Some of these parenting issues are crucial, both to the health of the individual and the health of the majority (vaccinations).  Some of these parenting issues are a matter of prerogative.  (How ’bout using cloth diapers or babywearing?)  And some of these parenting issues are absolutely stupid.

Yes, I said it.  It is stupid.  And the number one on my “this is stupid” list is public breastfeeding.

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