Free-Range Kids: Medical Kidnapping

 Lenore here: I do not know how pervasive the problem of removing kids for “medical” reasons from loving-but-imperfect homes is. But any rules that refuse to allow a professional to use his or her discretion in such a fraught situation are obviously laws based upon worst-first thinking. In other words, they require thinking up the worst case scenario first — “What if this child dies in the parent’s care?” as well as, “I would be blamed!” — and proceeding as if  this is likely to happen. Of course, this discounts any realistic consideration of what might happen to the child once the wheels are set in motion. But then again, once those wheels are moving, it is no longer the doctor’s “fault” or even the state’s. They did what they were mandated to do, the end. Brain, compassion and nuance be damned. Rules rule! – L
Worlds Worst Mom_Lenore SkenazyLenore Skenazy is the host of the family reality show, ”World’s Worst Mom” Wednesday mornings on the Discovery Life Channel. She is also a public speaker and founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids
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