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Avery's Bucket List: Parents' Website For Infant With Spinal Muscular Atrophy Goes Viral [UPDATED]

Avery's Bucket List: Parents' Website For Infant With Spinal Muscular Atrophy Goes Viral [UPDATED]

Commented May 1, 2012 at 02:20:24 in Parents

“What a fantastic way for this family to enjoy their child and give her the best life possible, no matter how short. Parents of both ill and healthy children can learn a lot from them.”
Tennessee Kindergarten Bill Would Require 'Maturity Test' For Thousands, Shift Age Cutoff Date

Tennessee Kindergarten Bill Would Require 'Maturity Test' For Thousands, Shift Age Cutoff Date

Commented May 1, 2012 at 01:57:46 in Education

“TN has been passing some awful, stupid and backwards laws but this is a fantastic idea. Why should children be forced to go to a full day of school if they are not intellectually or emotionally ready? Some children need that extra year of family and preschool before they are ready enough to learn and focus in elementary school. Children develop at different levels and it's not an insult to the child or parents to put children with those they are at the same as they are despite their age. Not only that, but kindergarten has become so much more rigorous it's insane. When I was in kindergarten barely 20 years ago it more mirrors a preschool class of today. Besides, even if a child is smart enough to be in kindergarten that doesn't mean they have the social skills to survive well in school yet.”
Tennessee Kindergarten Bill Would Require 'Maturity Test' For Thousands, Shift Age Cutoff Date

Tennessee Kindergarten Bill Would Require 'Maturity Test' For Thousands, Shift Age Cutoff Date

Commented May 1, 2012 at 01:53:08 in Education

“I hope that was said sarcastically. Nothing will keep high schoolers from drinking.”

dewey13 on May 1, 2012 at 05:38:37

“It's Tennessee.

Think about it”
Why Britain Has 17,000 Pregnant Men

Why Britain Has 17,000 Pregnant Men

Commented May 1, 2012 at 02:41:24 in Parents

“I feel like we're missing a lot of information here...”
Are You An Elitist For Judging The Moms On 'Toddlers & Tiaras'?

Are You An Elitist For Judging The Moms On 'Toddlers & Tiaras'?

Commented May 1, 2012 at 02:38:47 in Parents

“While that may be true, more boys are likely to ask their parents to join the football team than little girls will ask their parents to go in these pageants. The sickening aspect of the pageant girls is that the parents often force their children into it against their will. Some boys may be forced into sports as well, but many also love it.”
Are You An Elitist For Judging The Moms On 'Toddlers & Tiaras'?

Are You An Elitist For Judging The Moms On 'Toddlers & Tiaras'?

Commented May 1, 2012 at 02:35:54 in Parents

“I'm a social worker too, but the class thing is just something the media exploits. It seems people of many classes participate in this trash. But anyone who dresses their child like a stripper and forces her into painful, unnecessary and borderline abusive "beauty" regimes is not a good parent. They are instilling awful, shallow values in their children as well as exploiting and sometimes emotionally and physically abusing them. I think these pageants should be outlawed for children under 13. If parents have a little girl who loves to be in stage they should enroll her in acting, singing or dancing classes based on talent rather than who is "prettiest". These pageants have no redeeming qualities and every time I see it on I switch off in hopes the show will lose ratings and go off the air.”
So What If Our Child Has 87 Siblings?

So What If Our Child Has 87 Siblings?

Commented May 1, 2012 at 02:26:36 in Parents

“There should definitely always be a limit to the number of "customers" one donor can supply. Not only that, but I think they should reinstate the blood tests done before people are allowed to marry. How horrible it would be for a couple to be married and have a special needs child only to find out it's because they're brother and sister!”
Baby Name Rules: No Dumb Names And 21 Others Worth Following

Baby Name Rules: No Dumb Names And 21 Others Worth Following

Commented May 1, 2012 at 02:15:39 in Parents

“Because you're not the one that has to live with the name. You have a very normal name with a normal spelling. It can become infuriating as a child (and adult) when people are constantly unable to spell and/or pronounce your name. I have a semi-common first name with an almost never-used spelling. Everyone from teachers, friends to relatives have spelled my name wrong my entire life. Other kids were get fun things like cups or toys with their names on them...but mine was never available. My last name is impossible for most people to pronounce and still causes me grief. I can't imagine how much worse if would be if my first name was also difficult to pronounce. As for "different" names, they're just weird. It has been proven that people have less respect for people with weird or strange names. Is that fair? No. But that's a good reason to not give your child a strange name just because you like it. And no one wants their kids to be bullies, but children like to makes jokes out of funny sounding words--and names. You last statement is true, but your kids' names aren't really who they are--they are who you are. Perhaps they will like or grow to like their names, but you shouldn't give someone a bizarre or unique name that you feel is so you or interesting, because you are making it about you, not the child.”

Gracie VanceMorgan on May 1, 2012 at 07:22:26

“Just because kids like to make fun of "funny" or diiferent things, does NOT make it a good reason not to give your child an unique name. And bowing to that rederic, just allows bullies a "get out jail free card". Why teach our kids to be respectful, when we can just use fear and threats to make others "normal"? My girls love their names, but don't see that they are any different from the "Danielle", "Tiffany", or "Amanda" sharing their classroom. If my girls follow societies norms and change their last name upon marriage, they are in for a world of confusion and errors in paperwork (and, just think of the hassle of getting everything fixed after a divorce). The way I see it, they will be better prepared to handle it because of the names they have now. As for making names about the child, that can be said of ANY name given without the child's input. I'm sure if I had my say as a child, I would not have let my mother name me "Wanda Grace".”