I am over my initial feelings of rage on the subject. That being said, I do feel like an 8 year old would be better off making judgements on many societal norms than most adults. Circumcision is but one (gruesome) example.
Baptism would be another. Hey honey, we're just going to take your brother and pretend to drown him for a little while. Don't worry, it'll be hilarious. When my parents tried to drown me as a baby, I couldn't stop laughing as soon as they pulled me out of the water.
Lastly, when I was a baby, my parents put me in a crib in my own room. Apparently, some crack-pot psychologist at the time supported leaving your baby in the crib crying. If they make it out of the crib, put them back. Some how I made it over the edge of the crib onto the floor, and crawled into their room (I was probably 18 months at the time). They picked me up again, and put me back again, because "that's what we're supposed to do".
Love your children. Hold them, sing to them, but more than anything, let them know that you love them. I tried to kill myself when I was 16. No one had ever told me that they love me. NO ONE. It wasn't until I was 16, lying on the floor after taking a whole bottle of Xanax, completely unable to move, staring at the ceiling and wishing I was dead, that my mom finally told me she loved me.
It wasn't until a couple days ago, when my dad was diagnosed with coronary heart disease that he finally told me he loved me. I know that it was just the way they were raised, that people don't show emotions, especially men, but it is wrong wrong wrong. Throw out backwards societal conventions and hug your children. Hug your parents. Even hug the mailman.
Forget convention and psychologists tell you, and just do what you know in your heart is right.
P.S. It is beyond me why people think Female Genital Mutilation is any different from MGM, but it just goes to show you how inconceivably ignorant people can be.
P.S.S. Both of my parents are doctors, they have both performed many circumcisions. Circumcision is considered to be a "minor surgery", and most interns perform them after leaving medical school. Neither of them are "circumcision doctors". One is a cardiologist, and the other is an ER doctor.