Good GRIEF, what is this world coming to?
As I sat sipping coffee this morning, staring into space, the voice on the TV news filtered in when he/she began discussion about teaching babies as young as 6 months old, sign language so that they might end their frustrations about communicating their needs to their puzzled parents.
I was stunned! When will they stop pushing this crap on these unwary new moms and daddies who are so caught up in their whirlwind lives and careers that they believe every Tom, Dick, and Harry's pitch for products to relieve them of their guilt for not spending more quality time (which I feel is another product endorsement made up guilt factor) with their babies. You've got to wonder how we ever survived to see adulthood without all the things you're pushed to believe you must purchase in order to raise a healthy and well mannered child these days. It could be that I suffer from brain damage due to the fact that my Momma sat me on quilt on a cotton turn-row, with the family collie as a babysitter, while she picked cotton, but I believe children would be better off with fewer activities, wayyy fewer toys, and less stress put on them about learning all this stuff.
Save yourself the cost of the Baby Sign DVD, book, flash cards, etc,,, by spending a little time watching your toddler and you'll notice that they already know sign language. For example, soon before Jillian learned to walk, she'd crawl to the diaper bag and bring you a diaper. What do you think that meant? After she learned to toddle, she'd take her cup to the fridge and stand there until you noticed. What do you think she wanted? When she climbs into a chair at the dining table, would you think that it was because she did NOT want something to eat? (in all honesty, in her case, she's liable to climb right up onto the table and start dancing to commercial music from the tv, Ha!). When they whack you on the head with their dolly, that definitely means "let's play".
All I'm saying is stop feeling guilty and save yourself some big bucks. If you want always well-behaved little adults who obey all commands then perhaps you should not have had children. Animals, by nature, will behave better.
Conceal-Carry For Teachers
In Madison, WI, in the wake of school shootings in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin earlier this fall, a Wisconsin legislator is planning to introduce legislation that would allow teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel to carry concealed firearms. The Republican Rep., Frank Lasee, says his legislation would hinge on school staff members receiving srict training on the use of firearms and he also acknowledged the need to work around the federal law that bans guns on school grounds.
Do you reckon it should also include the possibility that in arming your teachers and faculty, you're giving children even easier access to loaded guns? Why bother to sneak them in, lift them from a teacher. You know, Correction Officers are not even armed with guns inside a prison where they'll come in contact with the prisoners, and there's a reason for that.
This man should be presented with the Dumb Ass of the decade award.
Ok, I'm done ranting now.