Should Parents of Obese Kids Lose Custody?
This is an interesting article. Why would people believe taking kids from their parents and putting them in foster care is better for them? I have mixed feelings on this issue. On one hand, parents who are maliciously over feeding their obese children should be charged and have to undergo some kind of fine and punishment, but don’t take the children from them. On the other hand, children who are obsessed with eating need to be able to go into a state sponsored program to get them on the right track. It’s up to us as a village, not just the parents.
I worry every day whether Brennan will be an overweight toddler. I know he is off the chart based on his weight, but he is also a tall baby. I have asked his pediatricians repeatedly whether or not we should be worried. They said not to worry. Once, he starts walking, he should start burning some of the weight off. Not so. Apparently when I put him on whole milk at 1, he gained a whole new level of calories. Whole milk is so fattening, but he needs it for brain development. So, what do I do?
I’ve limited the number of bottles of milk to 16 ozs a day and increased his dairy, cheese and vitamins. I’ve started running after him in the house to help him burn the calories. He likes to play fetch like our dog Bailey. So, I throw things on the floor and he runs after them and brings them back to me. It is the cutest thing ever! All the while, Bailey is looking at him with a strange look on his face.
Crowning of first non-black Miss HU divides campus — dailypress.com
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Okay people, haven’t we moved beyond this? What an incredible step towards diversity at HBCU’s. Hampton University crowned its first non-black Miss HU Friday, leading to a division on campus that prompted her to write President Obama. Nikole Churchill, 22, competed against nine black students in the 15th annual Miss HU scholarship pageant. The senior nursing major attends the Virginia Beach campus and is the competition’s first non-black winner, according to executive pageant director Shelia J. Maye.
First, people are divided because she attends an extension location and not the main campus. Secondly, people are upset because she’s not black. She paid her money to attend the school just like everyone else. You can’t limit her because of the color of her skin. Was Dr. King’s March on Washington in vain? We have to be proud at the fact that we are really becoming an integrated and diverse nation. We still have many miles to go, but the fact that we are taking the steps in the right direction is an enormous compliment to our need to see who we are as a country.
The road to nationals is paved with lots of anticipation. We are preparing for Brennan to participate in the All American Girl & Boy Pageant this weekend in Stamford, CT. I tried on his tuxedo and he looked adorable. I am impressed. My husband and I made a beautiful baby boy. I’m just trying to understand how he will react with a limited nap schedule on Saturday. He has a full day and my son (like his mother) needs a lot of sleep. We are blessed to be able to have our family and friends including Brennan’s godmother and god brother attending the pageant. He’s going to have a lot of loved ones wishing him on.
My Two Cents:
I must tell you though that I am a little disheartened by the response to TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras”. After watching this show in March, I decided to enter my son in a pageant. Boys by definition don’t have to do much. Put on a cute outfit and walk the runway. My son could be the next African American supermodel after Tyson Beckford. While I understand the outrage regarding the glam pageants that mothers put their daughters into, please understand it is personal choice. Everyone has a right to choose how to parent their children. Believe it or not some of these kids want to do the pageants. The pageant that Brennan is participating in happens to be an all natural pageant. Children are not allowed to wear make-up, false lashes, flippers, etc. They are to look like children. Other pageants are designed to be glamorous. There are not pedophiles sitting in the audience praying on the little girls as they walk across the stage. Pageant locations are not advertised and guests are only allowed in if they know one of the participating contestants. Pageant Directors are very concerned about the safety of their children and they don’t want strange men or women lurking around them. So, when you see men and women in the audience who may look strange, remember they are the invited guests of some pageant participant or their parent.
Okay, so Brennan has been getting sick off and on since birth. His latest bout of illness was pink eye and a virus. We got a script for the pink eye and was told that the virus would just have to pass. Well it passed alright. It passed directly to me. I got sick and it developed into a severe upper respiratory infection. I’m on 3 different meds. It sucks, but at least the baby is not sick anymore.
We are prepping for Nationals! The All American Girl & Boy Pageant will be held in Stamford, CT on August 1st & 2nd. We are hoping to bring home the gold! Brennan won the regional pageant in May and qualified for Nationals. We are truly blessed and happy for our little one. Thanks to all of our family and friends who were able to donate ad space for the pageant. I will let you know how it goes.
Here’s a picture from his regional pageant in May.