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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 21, 2013/ 12 Sivan 5773

When in Doubt, Blame the Mom

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's a story from Australia sure to make any parent shudder. I'm quoting it not to scare us but actually to do the opposite:

"Young mother Elizabeth Cardwell thought she was doing the right thing when she strapped her precious eight-week-old baby, wrapped in a blanket, into a hand-me-down car seat.

"Her daughter, Isabella Rose, was still tucked inside her blanket when her tiny body was found by the road after a horror triple-fatal in December.

"The State Coroner is now considering safety issues surrounding hand-me-down child restraints.

"The infant, who weighed only (about 6 1/2 pounds), died shortly after she was thrown from her baby car seat when the speeding Commodore she was travelling in slammed into a tree. ...

"Ms Cardwell, 19, and her boyfriend Greg Sanderson, 28, who was driving ... also were killed."

If you keep reading for another five paragraphs, you'll see another factor in this tragedy. Oh, yeah, the driver was going almost 50 mph faster than was recommended around a bend.

But heck, that couldn't be the real reason the baby (and those other people) died, could it? It must be that the mom was too cheap to buy a brand-new car seat (the one she bought was a year and a half old) and too stupid to know not to tuck the blanket around her. So go ahead and blame the mom or the child restraints, which apparently stop working the second they become hand-me-downs. That's what the media (and even government) do, because it's so much more striking than: "Ho-hum. A speeder drove into a tree."

As for the effect this kind of coverage has on our society? It's crazy-making! It's law-changing! Did you know you can't ever sell a used car seat, even if it was never in a crash? It's illegal!

As Ben Miller, a policy analyst at Common Good, points out, "identifying the real, direct cause of an accident (reckless driving) is the first step toward solving it. Failing to do so (and blaming it on the car seat) lies at the root of so much litigation, regulation and legal fear. Just imagine if society and government spent as much time and money addressing legitimate dangers and risks as we do obsessing over red herrings. At the very least, we'd have a lot fewer waivers to sign."

We also would have a lot fewer parents fearing every child care move they make. But instead, we keep making parents second-guess themselves, their purchases, their practices and pretty much their every step. After all, if anything ever goes wrong, their decisions will be scrutinized with the kind of obsession once reserved for Winston Churchill's speeches.

And besides, if we didn't blame parents whenever a child gets hurt, who would ever watch the news — or buy brand-new car seats?

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