I never cease to be amazed at the power that using problem solving over punishment or reward can have on actually making situations better. Problem solving has never let us down. Yelling, however, has never worked.
I think, as a parent, it is up to us to educate our children the best we can and provide them with the most options possible while advocating for safety measures with our children's Pop Warner, middle school and high school sports associations.
When a mother in my small Ohio town told me she had just been arrested for child pornography, I had exactly the wrong response: I laughed. Later on, I realized the damage done when fiercely held assumptions and rigid principles become more important than people's lives.
I'm not saying the Tea Party wackadoodles shouldn't be exposed by the Left, to show the lunacy and nastiness being openly displayed by some Tea Partiers. But it doesn't mean the movement itself is solely comprised of such gadflies.