Category: Parental Rights/ Parenting

Capitol briefs for Feb. 20, 2020: Bill expanding parental rights around vaccines, post-birth practices fails

A bill expanding parental rights around vaccinations and post-birth preferences was voted down in the House Children, Youth and Family Services Committee on Wednesday. The bill’s original intent was to let parents decide what injections, bathing practices and vaccines their newborns would receive, and to add specific language stating that no minors could receive vaccines without parental consent.

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The Finnish parental leave expansion

A couple of weeks ago we discussed different strategies that European countries are taking to increase their birth rates and thus their natural population growth. Most European countries have very low birth rates and are relying on migration to keep their populations from declining. Some countries have tried cash incentives or tax breaks for parents, others have tried increasing governmental support for things like childcare so that parents can get back to work quickly after having a child.

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Love Comes First in Parenting

Jesus concluded His mortal ministry with a new requirement for discipleship: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) Jesus gave this commandment between washing His apostles’ feet and going to the cross to die for them and for us.

With this new commandment, it is no longer enough to love our neighbors “as ourselves” as was commanded anciently. We are now to love the way Jesus loves us—graciously, wholeheartedly, and compassionately. How do we learn to love this way?

One of the best relationships for learning this kind of love may be parenting—where we wash our children’s feet (and hands and faces) repeatedly. And where we very nearly give our lives for our children. There may be no relationship where we dedicate more time and energy for a longer length of time than in parenting. Parenting is a perfect place to learn discipleship, including how to love as Jesus loves.

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‘Kinky Boots’ Star Promotes Gender Confusion on ‘Sesame Street’

In the transgender debate, even Bert and Ernie are puppets for the left. Incredibly, “Sesame Street,” the once-beloved kids’ show, is making the best case for defunding PBS yet: inviting drag queen Billy Porter on to teach kids the virtues of gender confusion.

Wearing a “tuxedo dress,” Porter, the star of “Kinky Boots,” has already been tweeting about the appearance. “I was tickled to meet Elmo and the gang,” he posted. Parents, on the other hand, aren’t nearly so thrilled.

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