Originally Posted by Storm Bride
A screening process? I've heard that before, but I don't think so. I can't even imagine having a government bureaucracy - and that's who it would be - deciding who is or isn't an appropriate parent. You want to bet that abusive rich people would be given the seal of approval, and lower income breastfeeding co-sleepers wouldn't be? I suspect that saying you weren't going to vax would be enough to lose your permission...
I agree. I admit, I give my 1.5 yo pop on occasion if we are eating and she asks me for some of mine. Never a lot, but a couple of sips. It hasn't killed her yet. But who is to decide what is normal/good parenting? Bottlefeeding is apparently the norm in america, most bottlefeeders (99.9%) that I know think that I'm a bad parent/disgusting because of it. Are these the people who would decide I shouldn't be a parent?
Anywho, I have seen lots of examples of bad parenting. Mainly by my own mother who regularly left my brothers with random people in roach and meth infested houses for days so that she could go cook some up out of town. I had moved out by this time and was working 60+ hours a week or I would've got them out of there.
I worked in special education for a couple of months and you would not believe some of the most disgusting parents. One mom and dad of a 7 yo with cp and cystic fibrosis amongst other problems really sticks out in my head. They were alcoholic drug addicts who couldn't work. They had 6 kids and they regularly spent their welfare money or any possible wages on the bars and drugs so that their electricity would get turned off and their son's ventilators would stop working for his lung treatments.
Of all the ones I know, they probably get my crappy parents of the year award.