We are a society that has abdicated our rights to looks after our children to the state. It happened so quickly that one hardly noticed. Any of you who were around for the recent birth of a child know that parents cannot take their child with them from a hospital until the hospital people decide that their car has the proper type seating into which to place the infant. The state forbids you to take your child home in your arms; you must have an approved container into which to fit the child.
I often wondered what happens to a pregnant single woman about to begin labor who drove herself from her small bungalow in the countryside to the hospital on the only means of transportation available to her which is her motor cycle. What happens when she want to take her baby back home on the bike?
What happens If the hospital won’t let her? Does the baby become the property of the hospital? Will it then become a nurse or a doctor when it grows up. Does the hospital give it to the state? If a woman who lives within walking distance of the hospital does she have to buy a car with an approved baby seat to get her child released?
It is unclear what will become of any such baby whose parents don’t show up and pass inspection. Fortunately the people I know did have a car got the stamp of approval and were able to maintain custody of their babies. That, of course, is only the first encroachment on your rights as a parent. Any of you with young children know the rules relating to taking kids in the car. In their early years they must be confined to the back seat facing backwards. That must be good for the development of their self-esteem.
After they are released from that drastic incarceration at age one or two they are allowed to face forward but are crammed into the seat like NASCAR drivers at the Daytona 500. When they suffer through the next couple of years like that they are released but still must sit into some type of special seat. Parents have no choice in the matter because failing to do this will bring the mighty wrath of the state upon them. I know it is only done for the good of the child but aren’t all state imposed mandates backed up by the same reasoning.
The people have let the state decide what is best for the children. The state gladly takes over the decision-making and acts. As we’ve seen with the automobile, even though the chances of an injury to the child are negligible the state acts to ensure that if one of those rare instances happens then the child is protected.
Other intrusions by the state upon our parenting rights such as requiring vaccinations and attending school. If you believe in the adage: “spare the stick spoil the child” you’ll only end up with a stick. Thus the question arises: Why is the state not doing something to prevent children from suffering lifetime injuries to their brains.
You have all read about the dozens of NFL players who have been found to have been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerate brain disease that manifests itself in depression, disorientation and aggression, caused by repeated trauma to their heads.
Now it is becoming apparent that there is a greater risk of developing CTE if one begins playing football at an age while the brain is still developing. A recent study found that former NFL players who participated in tackle football before the age of 12 were more likely to have memory and thinking problems as adults.
In my day we did not start playing tackle football until high school. Up to that time we had some backyard games involved in tackling but most were touch or flag football. I read an article the other day saying Tom Brady followed that path which might account in part for his continuing great skill.
Now kids are starting as young as five years old banging heads. Now that there may be a connection between kids under 12 playing tackle football and CTE isn’t it time for the state to take action. It must forbid it from happening. With all the other rules that exist I would think that is a no brainer to want to save the brains of young kids.
I know the people that make the football helmets will lobby against this. To satisfy them, the state could then go one step further to make kids safe in automobiles. It could make it mandatory for infants to be fitted with helmets for the ride home.