Sunday, August 31, 2008

truth is sometimes painful.

It's always fun to watch the feminazis get riled up when studies or articles about the well-documented harmful effects of childcare, especially for infants, gets published.

Childcare for babies is 'abuse', says author Mem Fox
By staff writers and wires
August 31, 2008 02:35pm

PUTTING babies into childcare is a form of abuse, leading children's author Mem Fox claims.

Ms Fox, a children's literacy advocate and author of the best-selling Possum Magic, said she believed society would look back on the trend of allowing babies only a few weeks old to be put into childcare and wonder, "How could we have allowed that child abuse to happen?".

"I just tremble," she said. "I don't know why some people have children at all if they know that they can only take a few weeks off work...

"It's just awful. It's awful for the mothers as well. It's completely heartbreaking," Ms Fox said. "You actually have to say to yourself, 'If I have to work this hard and if I'm never going to see my kid and if they are going to have a tremendous stress in childcare, should I be doing it?'

"Babies have much higher levels of stress in childcare."

...The Australian Family Association (AFA) said it was "largely supportive" of her comments.

"She's right, large amounts of research are coming in showing that - particularly for children under two but also under three - childcare is generally likely to be harmful to them," AFA spokeswoman Angela Conway said, pointing to research from the US and UK...

The AFA said the association was "largely supportive" of Ms Fox's comments but the language used was "perhaps a little bit unfair".

"Childcare is not a good place for babies and we support her in that but we know that many families have elected to put very young children and infants into childcare because of serious economic pressures and ... we need to face up to that."

Yes, class - we need to face up to that. We need to face up to the fact that it's wrong for pre-school children to be raised by strangers in herds - it's unnatural, damaging, and yes, abuse to take your helpless and defenseless baby and drop them off with strangers they don't know. And there's no point in having kids who are going to be other people's children. Children aren't toys, pets, or status symbols. Being a parent is a commitment and a sacrifice and if you aren't willing to make that commitment and that sacrifice then you have no business having children - because if other people are raising them, you aren't their parent. Just because they sleep in your house at night doesn't mean you're raising them - an hour or two after dinner and before bedtime is not raising them.

Those are facts - get over it.

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