3 dangerous parenting choices
Adults get to make their own foolish choices, but these kids may suffer as a consequence.
Children aren’t known for making the wisest of choices. That’s why we don’t allow them to choose how they spend their time, what they eat or treat an illness. As adults, parents are supposed to make rational choices which have the best possible outcomes for children. If a parent chooses to pursue certain lifestyle choices, the child may suffer as a result.
Here are a few examples of parents whose choices may harm (or have harmed) their kids:Treating illness
Homeopathy and alternative therapies: Rejecting medicines as toxic or harmful is an adult’s choice, but should parents think twice before choosing the same treatment option for their kids?Read more: Mom’s a mad homeopathHerbal remedies for babiesRisky diets?
Then there are various dietary choices parents make which could have an impact on their child’s development. If an adult chooses to be a vegan, for example, there should be plenty of investigation into the potential risks (and how to avoid them) should that parent’s child also be encouraged to limit food types. Read more:Raising a vegetarianVegans may be at risk for low iodineWhat a toddler eatsBaby breastfed by vegan mom diesWhen religion goes bad
Parents have the freedom to choose religions and religious practices. Occasionally, through bad teaching, misunderstanding of texts or overzealous application of beliefs, these may result in abusive behaviour towards a child. Read more:Disciplined to deathReligion vs. vaccinationSecond child dies in faith-healing tragedyBible verse babysitter murder?
Parents are free to make choices, but should always consider their child’s wellbeing. A child should never suffer as a result of the beliefs or lifestyle choices of the parent.Do you think of your kids when making lifestyle choices?