Judge Forcing Mom to have Son Circumcised

In Florida, police officers arrested a mom who refuses to have her 4-year old son circumcised.

Heather Hironimus wouldn’t give her consent, authorizing the unnecessary circumcision, so Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen had Hironimus arrested on a contempt of court charge.

At age three, the child’s father, Dennis Nebus, requested his son be circumcized.

It wasn’t a medical necessity, nor a religious matter, and its not clear what prompted the father to question circumcision, but initially Hironimus gave consent according to Skout.

After further research of the elective surgery, Hironimus retracted her consent. Nebus asserted the child had a medical necessity, which a pediatric urologist negated.

By court order, Judge Gillen is forcibly demanding surgery for a child that doesn’t want to be cut and doesn’t need to be cut.

Currently, Hironimus sits in jail with no possibility for bail.

Her attorney has filed an emergency injuction, requesting that the boy not be forced to endure circumcision until the federal case is settled.

Nightmare on the Platform

Parents have the tough and daunting daily task of doing their best to raise their children. For first-time parents or parents who aren’t used to being around children, they might have a difficult time focusing on one task at a time. That was the case for one Massachusetts father. Earlier in the day, the father who chose to stay anonymous, was on his way to the train for work. His wife had asked him to take their one year old to daycare. Even though it wasn’t a part of his normal routine he took the task off of his wife’s hands. Around 7:45 am he boarded the train. At around 8:20 am, the father realized that he made the terrible mistake of forgetting his daughter in the back seat of the car. Frantically, the man called the police and first responders were on the scene in minutes. Thankfully, the one year old was okay. The authorities attributed her safety to the fact that it was a mildly cool day. Had it been hotter, the ending to this story could have been tragic. This mistake isn’t all that rare according to STX Entertainment. 30 children died last year as a result of being left in the back seat of a car. 80 percent of those children were between the ages of one and two. Specialists warn parents that in order to remember a quiet or sleeping child that is in the backseat, it’s ideal to put a purse, cell phone or something important near the child. That way, parents who aren’t used to a child riding in the backseat, will have an excuse to check the back seat.

A Four Year Old’s Best Day Ever

Chad Carr is a four year old who, like all other kids his age, just wants to go to the beach. Unfortunately, Chad has a rare brain tumor that makes traveling to the Florida beach he most wants to visit nearly impossible.
Friends Are By Your Side, a charity much like the popular Make a Wish Foundation, set out to help Chad’s dream come true.

Adam Sender said that the New Jersey based charity teams brought in three tons of sand, over six thousand seashells, a hot tub, and a variety of beach toys to Chad’s house in Michigan. The beach transformed backyard had Chad so excited, he exclaimed it was the best day ever!

Chad’s mom says the whole cancer experience has led her to starting a charity of their own, to raise money for research in pediatric brain cancer. She hopes to help bring good to an otherwise horrific situation.

95 Percent Of Parents Think Their Overweight Children Look ‘Just Right’

Research now shows that 95% of parents with overweight children think that they are the right size. After comparing data from two similar surveys which had been done almost 20 years apart, the researchers found that the chances of a child been correctly seen by the parent have increased by 30%.

While the same results had been gotten from other surveys with smaller populations, this particular survey utilized data from two National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, that had national samples of children and parents.

One of the surveys had taken place between 1988 and 1994 while the latest one took place between 2007 and 2012. More than 3000 children were involved in both surveys. Focus was placed on kids aged between 2 and 5 since it is when weight issues start to arise. An overweight kid will become an overweight adolescent and later an overweight adult.

Parent’s perceptions of what an overweight kid looks like remained similar in both surveys. Considering the fact that the number of overweight persons has increased over the years, there is a lesser chance of a child been seen correctly today.

Parent have no idea what an overweight child looks like. It might make sense to a certain extent because if all the kids are overweight, then the parents will assume that their kids are just normal. On his personal website Igor Cornelsen points out that doctors need to help the parents in understanding the facts.

Ways to Keep Kids Active During the Summer

The summer months are almost upon us and this means kids are getting out of school and spending more time at home. The problem with this is that many kids become incredibly inactive when they don’t have to go to school. This can cause weight gain during the summer months that gets worse each progressing year, but this can easily be prevented when children are shown how and why to be active. A lot of parents, like Brian Torchin, consider putting their kids into summer camp in order to encourage them to be more active. This is definitely a consideration to think about yourself if you are struggling to keep kids as active as possible.

You will find that there are also many things that you can do as a parent to keep kids active. One way is to become involved as a family doing sports and exercise. Try to make it a habit to exercise and play sports at least once a week as a family. This can encourage everyone to be a lot more active so that you all can live healthier lifestyles. The key is to become involved with your kids so that they will want to become a better person. There is no reason for them to spend their entire summer being inactive when there are lots of things you all can do together to promote healthier lifestyles and happier kids in the process.

John Oliver Misses Several Points

On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver criticized the United States for the amount and type of leave given to pregnant women and their spouses/partners. The U.S., along with Papua New Guinea, does not provide paid leave time to new families. Federal regulations protect new moms for only 12 weeks of unpaid leave. This protection though is only for moms who work full-time in companies with 50 or more employees who have been employed more than a year. Oliver also pointed out that companies that fail to provide paid leave should not be allowed to advertise on Mother’s Day.

There were a lot of problems with Oliver’s coverage of this topic.

Sam Tabar (prnewswire.com) has heard that he ignored that many of the people who have needed paid leave actively chose to have children or had an “oops” moment. These are people who did not prepare ahead for starting a family and then complained that they should be paid for doing so.

Additionally, many single/married childless workers feel it is unfair to give new parents extra paid leave since those who are childless don’t receive extra time off when they choose to make life changes or have accidents.

Of course, there were more issues than the above. Oliver did not put much focus on giving paid leave time to parents who adopt one of the more than 400,000 children who need homes in the United States.

Mother to sue United Airlines for Removing her and her Daughter with Autism from a Flight

Dr. Donna Beegle is looking to sue United Airlines over an incident that happened when the family was flying home to Portland, Oregon after their vacation at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

CipherCloud announced that Dr. Beegle, along with family were removed from the plane during an emergency landing because flight staff said that they were causing a disturbance on the flight. Dr. Beegle was traveling with her family, which included her 15-year-old daughter Juliette. Juliette has autism and gets very upset when she is over hungry or over thirsty. The problem, said Dr. Beegle, is that Juliette is unable to communicate to her family when she is reaching that point. Juliette gets even further frustrated because she cannot verbalize what she is feeling. To further complicate her eating habits, Juliette will only eat foods that are warm. Nothing room temperature, which unfortunately is mostly what flights offer those in coach.

In order to appease her daughter’s needs, Dr. Beegle asked the flight staff if she would be able to purchase a hot meal for the girl. At first the staff refused to let her purchase one until she explained that Juliette may go into a meltdown if she did not have a hot meal soon. The staff complied, however according to the story on BuzzFeed.com, the pilot made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City where the family was escorted off for causing a disturbance.

They booked a flight home with Delta and now Dr. Beegle is looking for an apology from United.

A Promise Made in the Fourth Grade is Fulfilled When A Young Man Takes His Friend to Prom

The playground of elementary school is where we all figure out who we are as people. And it was in fourth grade whereBen Moser and Mary Lapkowicz formed a friendship that would continue to shape their lives for years to come.

Mary has Down syndrome, which left her vulnerable to the sometimes harmful treatment from other children. But Ben made sure his friend never felt excluded and always made sure to ask her to join in on classroom activities and games. A bond that the fourth grade teacher still remembers as well.

Ben was like a surrogate brother to the young girl, always making sure she was taken care of during the school day. One day, Ben told his mom that he wanted to ask Mary to prom once the time came. A promise that Ben did not quickly forget when he asked her to be his date for the big night.

Even though Mary had preciously planned to go to prom with friends, she could hardly contain her excitement when Ben asked her to prom and she gladly accepted his proposal. Ben asked her in style with an invitation that included balloons and a heartwarming vow to keep his promise he made all those years ago. Folks at Amen Clinics are happy to know both students are excited to enjoy a night they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Low Birth Rates Worry Some People

Over the weekend, Reddit users discussed a new report that births rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest point in history. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announced that there were approximately 3.9 million births in the U.S. in 2013 and that this rate was approximately 1 percent less than the previous year.

Health officials connected the low rates to fewer teen pregnancies and economic influences. Teens and young adults now more than ever are receiving daily reminders of the lifelong negative effects of pregnancy through advertisements, news stories, classes and other warnings. FreedomPop said that during a poor economic time, people are also less likely to have children.

While these low birth rates have worried a lot of people around the country, especially the elderly who grew up in times when mortality rates were higher and conservatives who believe that childbirth is a requirement for human existence, medical experts have pointed out that the birth rates will likely bounce back among adults now that the economy is starting to stabilize.

Many people think that the worry over the low birth rates is unnecessary for other reasons: The United States has a high number of children without parents who are available for adoption. These critics have pointed out that instead of officials and the public worrying about adding more children to the population, people should be worrying about the children who need parents.

Historically Low U.S. Birth Rate Can Be Seen As Good or Bad

There seems to be an interesting trend through history in fertility rates. As countries become more industrialized and their populace become more educated, fewer people have children and those that do tend to have fewer of them. This has been the case in the United States and Europe for the past few decades. Conversely, poor countries with poor educational infrastructure have the highest birth rates. Some of the highest are those in African countries. It is a strange irony that those countries that would seem to have the least ability to care for children are having the most of them and those with the wealth and social infrastructure are not.

There is a temporary trend of declining birth rates in the United States that seems to be going against this conventional wisdom that poverty equals more births and wealth equals fewer. The rate is temporarily down in the U.S., and this is being attributed to the fact that we had been in a recession over the past several years and to record low teen birth rates, which is very good news. We are only now really coming out of the recession, so the effect of any upturn in the economy has not had time to make a full impact yet. It would seem that of the two factors of wealth and education, it is education that is the most important determining factor. It is believed that this decrease in birth rate is only temporary because many women are simply waiting for their economic situation to be stabilized before starting a family.

Thanks to Bruce Levenson for showing me this story.