Daniel Allen Langdon
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Apr
9
comment What are the objective arguments against immunizations for infants and children?
@James, you are absolutely correct to say that people generally have a poor grasp of risk; consider the fear of flying, for example. I agree with the consensus that with few exceptions, vaccination is a net positive. However, I also believe that when we heap scorn on people who ask questions or express concerns, it's like pouring gasoline on a fire. Questions and concerns need to be addressed, not ignored. I would like to point out that staunch anti-vax people hate on Robert Sears with just as much vitriol as many staunch pro-vax people do. Why? He doesn't share their opinion exactly.
Apr
5
comment What are the objective arguments against immunizations for infants and children?
@luispedro, I agree that vaccination is a big net plus for public health, but to say that there are no objective arguments against vaccination, as if there is no objective risk, is bunk. All medical therapies carry risk; even aspirin can cause fatal reactions in some patients. I fear that asserting that vaccines have no risk (which is what your answer seems to imply) will drive people to listen to the anti-vaccine crowd.
Jan
29
comment How can you deal with tantrums without spanking?
I realize that this is an old post, but what about when the behavior you don't want is playing in the street at night, skating on thin ice, running with scissors, damaging property, or some other behavior that must be stopped immediately?
Jan
29
comment 12 year old with major tantrums that I have no idea how to control help needed
I can't answer this question. However, you might like to know that I was a notoriously surly teenager, especially to my father. When I was a teenager, I said things that I will remember and regret for the rest of my life. However, for me, it turned out to be a phase that I simply grew out of. It must be so confusing to your daughter to be dealing with such mixed signals from her parents right at the same time that she is beginning to become a woman. I am sorry to hear about this.
Nov
4
comment I suspect my teenager is using illegal drugs; what should I do?
+1 for more listening than talking!
Aug
1
comment In the USA in the year 2014, does the law forbid children from being out and about without close adult supervision?
However, I think it may be the case that some case like the one I mentioned in Ohio may one day force the legislative bodies to write more specific laws that aren't open to such wide interpretation.
Aug
1
comment In the USA in the year 2014, does the law forbid children from being out and about without close adult supervision?
You talk about what "society" thinks. If you have the full force of the legal system brought down on you, you are going to be faced with (A) Knowing that your children are in the care of strangers and it is a crime for you to contact them and (B) From what I've heard, you are likely to have a prosecutor come down on you like a ton of bricks to pressure you into plea-bargaining. If you really think you can take on the full brunt of a legal system bent on crushing you all the while having your children (possibly literally) torn from your arms, good luck with that!
Jul
24
comment In the USA in the year 2014, does the law forbid children from being out and about without close adult supervision?
Let me clarify one thing: I stated that I live in Colorado, but the specific example I gave of a man being arrested for not watching over his son in public happened in Ohio.
Jul
23
comment In the USA in the year 2014, does the law forbid children from being out and about without close adult supervision?
Thanks for a great answer! At the beginning, you suggest that the answer is "yes", but looking at the source you cite, it sounds like the answer is that it depends on the attitude of law enforcement and court officials. I am reminded of the debate about how to interpret the meaning of the 8th Amendment phrase "cruel and unusual punishment". As one judge might consider hanging an appropriate punishment, another might consider it cruel and unusual. Likewise, a judge would have great leeway to interpret the rules that you cite.
Jul
23
comment In the USA in the year 2014, does the law forbid children from being out and about without close adult supervision?
@anongoodnurse, that may be true, but it isn't what I'm asking about.
Jul
23
comment In the USA in the year 2014, does the law forbid children from being out and about without close adult supervision?
@Chrys, thanks for your suggestion. I have removed the phrase "helicopter parenting" from this question and clarified what the question means. Feel free to chime in with any more suggestions about how to improve the question.
Jul
22
comment In the USA in the year 2014, does the law forbid children from being out and about without close adult supervision?
I have removed the last paragraph because it doesn't really contribute to the question. However, I am asking a specific yes/no question here: "Is helicopter parenting required by law?". Although it is a yes or no question, the meat of the answer will be explaining why. I'm certain that one who knows the relevant facts can give a good answer.