Why Charlie Gard’s Case is a Cautionary Tale

Charlie and his parents. Photo credit Press Association.

The case of Charlie Gard is not a complex bioethics case study.  Besides the fact that he is a human being, not a case study, it is an egregious example of government overreach.  I would even consider the possibility that there is a coverup involved.  Intelligent people can disagree on when it’s appropriate to pull the plug on a seriously ill person who isn’t able to vocalize their wishes.  I personally would argue, heatedly, that care isn’t futile if all treatment options haven’t been exhausted, and in this case they haven’t.  However, to me, the fact that bioethics experts disagree on this point is disheartening, but it’s not the primary issue here.  The primary issue is that the state is allowed to determine that an innocent child must die, and his parents’ wishes are irrelevant.  And this isn’t in some third world dictatorship.  It’s Britain.  An advanced Western society that claims to support human rights worldwide. Continue reading “Why Charlie Gard’s Case is a Cautionary Tale”

Truth: Outdoor Time Sometimes Stresses Me Out

boy riding bike
Outdoor time is so important… but sometimes it can feel tedious when our kids are very young.

I know, right? Me? The mom who blogs about the importance of taking your kids outside? Yep.  My kids are young (3 years old and baby), and I know that it won’t always be like this.  In a couple years I’ll open the door and say “go play,” and they’ll be running around in the neighborhood until dinner time.  But for now, pretty much all outdoor time requires hands on parenting and supervision.  The preschooler wants someone to play with, but the baby just wants to eat the grass.  It’s hot, and I can’t draw another stick figure on the sidewalk.  Sometimes playing inside is tempting because it’s… well… easier.  There I said it.  But yet I know outdoor time is important, I love the outdoors myself, and I don’t want to discourage their desire to be outside.  So what to do?  Read on. Continue reading “Truth: Outdoor Time Sometimes Stresses Me Out”