Childhood Obesity

July 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM (Horrible Parents)

I haven’t updated my blog in over a week because I had nothing to vent about. Today I do. My topic for today is childhood obesity. Recently a specialist from one children’s hospital said that parents of super obese children should lose custody of them. You know what, it may sound harsh but I agree and here’s why. A lot of parents today don’t take the time out to actually make sure their children eat properly and get enough exercise. They will feed their children anything that is cheap and saves time, mostly fast food, and they let their kids sit in front of the computer or TV all day long instead of insisting they go outside and play. When I was younger my mother made healthy dinners most nights. Yea, sometimes we had meals that were unhealthy but the majority of the time we ate healthy meals. If I didn’t want what my mother was cooking then I didn’t eat. End of story. There was no “I want this” or “I want that” or “let’s have McDonalds” it was eat what mom cooked or starve. So I ate what she cooked. Did I ever have fast food? Of course I did, but only very rarely, maybe a few times a year. That’s how it should be. As for exercise my parents allowed both me and my brother to watch TV but only after we had been outside playing. Some parents today just don’t know how to say “NO”. I say grow a pair and stop letting your kids push you around. You are the parent here, not your kids and what you say goes. End of story. Stop worrying that you’re going to look like the bad guy. You’re supposed to be the bad guy as a parent. If you wanted a buddy then you should have got a dog.

Another reason is some parents today are just plain lazy and don’t care what their kids eat or do as long as they stay out of trouble. Now I understand kids who have genetic disorders and may be overweight, and that’s not what this specialist is talking about. Nor are they talking about overweight kids. We are talking about morbidly obese kids. The kind that, if something isn’t done, may end up having a heart attack before age 16. Something has to be done about this because the fact is the problem is getting worse year by year. What I think should happen is the family should be warned that if they don’t start taking measures to get their kids weight under control then they will run the risk of losing custody. I think children services should educate the parents and the kids, monitor their progress and if they see that they are making a conscious effort to fix the problem then that’s it. If they aren’t doing anything to fix the problem, well they were warned. I am also sick of hearing “healthy food is too expensive”. Yes, some of it is but stop using that as an excuse. You can make a healthy meal with $5 if you put some thought into it. As for fast food, that’s fine. BUT in moderation, not 5 times a week. We need to get our act together in this country. Stop letting our kids do what they want and start taking responsibility for them. You became a parent out of your own free will and you have responsibilities. Start taking them more seriously and questions like this won’t come up.

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Parenting

June 20, 2011 at 3:52 AM (Horrible Parents)

I have always felt some people should never be parents. Over the last few months while watching and reading story after story of children who have died because of their parents I believe now more than ever you should have to obtain a license in order to become one. The other day I was watching the movie “Parenthood” and in this movie a very young Keanu Reeves turns to his mother in law and says “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”  He was absolutely right. Why should you need a license for everything else and not need one for the most important job of all? At the very least we should all be required to take classes on how to be good parents. We should learn the basics on what to do and what not to do when raising children. I realize for most this is common sense but unfortunately more and more people with no common sense whatsoever are having children these days and in the end the children are the ones paying the consequences.

In case you didn’t hear about it, back in April there was this woman named Lashanda Armstrong from Newburgh New York who decided to end it all by driving her car into the Hudson River. While committing suicide is never something you should do, this woman did not just commit suicide, she also committed murder. Earlier in the evening Lashanda got into a fight with her boyfriend. Then she made time to post one last status on Facebook saying “I’m so sorry everyone forgive me please for what I’m gonna do…. This Is It!!!!”. She then went and loaded her four kids, ages ranging from eleven months to ten years into her car and drove down to the river where she proceeded to drive her car off a pier right into the water. On her drive down she even told her children “You’re all going to die with me”. Miraculously her ten-year old son was able to make it out of the submerged car and swim to shore but Lashanda and her three other children all died that night. One of Lashanda’s neighbors was quoted as saying “she was such a good mom; she took care of her kids.” Really lady? I’m sorry but a “good” mom wouldn’t have wanted to commit suicide and abandon her children in the first place and a “good” mom who did commit suicide wouldn’t have taken her children with her to die. As far as I’m concerned she was a selfish horrible excuse for a human being and one of the worst mothers to have ever lived.

Then I see in the news the other day about a couple from Missouri who left their four-month old son home alone and their pet ferret chewed off most of his fingers. What is wrong with people? These people even lied to the cops about being home at the time. They were out, probably drinking, while their little baby was home being attacked by a ferret. Where is the common sense here? What makes it alright to leave your baby home alone? Have these people ever heard of a baby sitter? As for the ferret, reports say they had wanted to get rid of it because it had in fact bitten the child once before even though at the time of the incident the parents told the cops the ferret had never given them any problems. Why didn’t you get rid of the ferret and why would you leave your baby home alone with it when you knew it was dangerous?  Now this poor baby has to go through his life with half his fingers missing. I hope the parents rot in jail for a very long time and this sweet little boy gets the loving parents he deserves. This is yet another example among hundreds more as to why some people have no business being parents.

So what do you think? Should would-be-parents be required to get a license and at least prove they are going to be fit to raise a child? Should everyone be required to take some classes on common sense? Or do you think no matter what anyone does things like this are going to continue to happen because there is no getting rid of all the stupid people in this world?

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