Showing posts with label rights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rights. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tired Of Outsourcing Your Teen's Drug Tests?

Well, I have some good news for you! According to this article, at-home drug tests are now inexpensive and readily available. You can run tests on your child right in the comfort of your own home. And what better way to bring warmth into your relationship than to ask for (demand) a fresh, warm cup of urine? Yes, make sure you get it while it's still warm, otherwise there would be no way to tell if your sneaky little criminal had some drug-free friend's urine saved under the bed, just in case.

Worried about your child being upset about this invasion of privacy? Rest assured, according to Trease Petersen, youth intervention specialist with the Davis Police Department, says not to worry:
Instead of seeing it as an invasion of privacy, kids who have nothing to hide, hide nothing.
Also, think of it this way:
"When kids are not using, they don't have a problem proving they're not using," said Dawn DiRaimondo, a Sacramento psychologist specializing in adolescent and family therapy. "When kids are using, they throw out, 'You don't trust me' – which is often a smokescreen."
The great news about this logic is that it can be used in other convenient ways too. If your partner isn't cheating on you, he shouldn't mind proving it by agreeing to occasional lie-detector tests or swabs for DNA samples. If your friend isn't stealing from you, she shouldn't have any problem with you giving her a quick pat-down as she leaves your house. If you live this way, you never have to trust anyone. Just insist on proof of everything, randomly of course, and assume that if someone voices displeasure at your lack of trust, it must be because he or she is lying to you.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Don't Call It a Brat Ban

There is a lot of buzz about this movement to provide child-free experiences in places like airplanes, restaurants, and grocery stores. I have lots of issues with it, but by far the most upsetting thing is that some people have started calling these restrictions Brat Bans.

I can't stand the word brat in general. While I suppose I can picture what people are talking about when they use the word, I can honestly say that I don't use it myself. What upsets me about the term brat bans is how the word brat is being used as a substitute for the word child. That is unfair.