To be at a birthday party for a really amazing little boy that my daughter is just crazy about and not to have to explain to anyone why she's holding her hands over her ears while she bops to the music is just heaven.
I put my arm around her and pointed to my eldest inside the van: "My son goes to kindergarten here. Why don't you come inside and warm up and we can figure out what to do next?" And then, just like that, a little girl I didn't know was sitting in my car.
If we are really serious about doing something to reverse the unfitness of many Americans, we need to have places to exercise that are inexpensive or free, convenient and open when families have the time to use them.
In truth, all parents need support. That's why the ancient adage, "It takes a village to raise a child," has stuck over the years. Far from indicating failure, asking for help is actually a sign of courage and strength.
I recalled that Hillary Clinton famously said, "It takes a village to raise a child," based upon an old African proverb. Well, all of these folks have taken that literally, and... are building a village.
I'm well aware that some people get uptight when other adults help with the parenting. There's a conventional wisdom that folks have the right to raise their children however they see fit. In fact, I'm sure many people see this as a fundamental right of being a parent. Sorry, but it's not.
How did our "village" go so wrong that a seven-year old girl would think a respected American senator and presidential candidate is the equivalent of the Bogey Man under the bed? Where did she get the notion that people of the Muslim faith are to be feared rather than embraced?