Speaking Point: Do you know the expression, “Kids do the craziest things?” Well at least they have an excuse. I have been a parenting expert for over 25 years, and a day does not go by when I unfortunately witness some unthinkable and outrageous act being committed by a parent to a child. Since my nickname is Dr. Buttinsky, I ALWAYS say something! Here are just a few examples:
Speaking Point: • Some parents think that by throwing a child that is unable to swim into a pool, is a great technique to teach them to learn. This could be the furthest from the truth. This will only traumatize the child and he may never want to go in the water again, beside the fact that he might swallow so much water, he could drown.
Speaking Point: • I have witnessed parents leaving kids in a car, while they “just run into the store for a quick minute”! Are you kidding me? That’s all it takes! Children have been kidnapped, and have also have died in cars due to the heat.
Speaking Point: • Breastfeeding is an act of love. However, when a mom is breastfeeding her four year old in a public place, it is totally humiliating for the child, and not only that, this can cause separation issues and boundary problems between mother and child.
Speaking Point: • Every time I go to the supermarket, I inevitably see a small child standing in the shopping cart, while the parents are not supervising, and there is always a fall, and the worst part is, the parents are yelling at the child for being careless. Well, mom, dad, how about strapping your child into the cart to begin with!
Speaking Point: • Many times I am at a restaurant, or at the beach, and I see parents allowing their toddlers to drink beer! The parents think it is hilarious. I guess these smart parents never heard of alcohol poisoning!
Speaking Point: • Proper clothing for a child is imperative whether it is in the heat of summer or the chill of winter. So many times I have seen young children, not protected from the cold. Parents just put a diaper on a child with a blanket, and they think it is enough. Or the opposite, when I see a child sweating intensely or their face is sunburn because a parent does not have hat on them, for protection from the sun.
Speaking Point: • One of my big pet peeves is the beauty pageants for toddlers. Parents just don’t understand the way they sexualize these young girls and give them the wrong moral messages at a young age. When I have witnessed moms primping their toddlers at the beauty shop, I usually say something, but I am always told to mind my own business. At least I speak my peace!