Latest Find in the Parental War

Hit me with some more parental knowledge!

Whaddaya think of this?:

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I think its more manipulative and opinionated than helpful and factual. Am I wrong? Let me know your experience/opinions/expertise!

Thanks, Lovelies!

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12 thoughts on “Latest Find in the Parental War

  1. A couple come across as snarky, but most are okay IMO. Of course, #1 and #2 are all that are really needed to get the point across. Or it may be helpful to only tell people that the American Academy of Pediatrics no longer universally recommends circumcision.

    From what I’ve seen on the mommy boards, the anti-circumcision moms usually go about it in a much nastier manner than this poster. They often accuse parents who do circumcise as being abusers for mutilating their kids. Now that I do have an issue with. It’s akin to calling someone who’s pro-choice a baby murderer.

    (This is coming from someone who did circumcise and likely wouldn’t make that choice again.)

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    • Yes, I know what you mean about the nastiness that gets spewed. Perhaps it was their cattiness that pushed me away from their views. I guess it’s kept me from looking into it fully. It just doesn’t strike me as bad. May I ask why you would choose differently if you had another son?

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      • The more I’ve read, the more I think it’s an unnecessary procedure to put a newborn through. It can be very painful of course, and it’s really no more difficult to clean a boy than a girl. With LM, the procedure was botched and he still had a considerable amount of foreskin left, so it was all for nothing.

        My husband thinks differently, and brought up a valid point that getting into old age, having dementia, etc would make cleaning it more invasive and possibly traumatizing. It wouldn’t be the easiest decision one way or the other.

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      • Botched?! That’s scary! That would be the one thing I would be scared about! Those horror stories of little boys being mutalated by the process. That’s my one bone to pick with the whole process!

        My hang up with not doing it is knowing how dirty little boys get. And I know that dirt would get under there and I know some kids go thru the “lazy” bathing stage… I dont want to have to keep tabs on how clean my ten year old (guessing that’s around that stage) keeps his wee wee! Lol

        This is just what has played out in my head. It really is a tough call!

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      • Yes, he was lucky though since the doctor didn’t take enough and the other issue that I won’t describe in detail here was also corrected.

        Haha! I understand that. When Little Man started bathing himself, I would tell him to just pull it back to wash, and he does, with no problem. He’s in first grade and has been taking care of himself with no issues since he was 5. But, he is one of those kids who is a stickler for routine, so it may just be his personality more so than responsibility!

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  2. I think if we stopped at #1 and thought about why a parent would want to circumcise a baby boy, the rest of the list wouldn’t be necessary. For those who still believe in circumcision for reasons of aesthetics, refer to #3.

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    • From Web MD:

      What are the benefits of circumcision?

      There is some evidence that circumcision has health benefits, including:A decreased risk of urinary tract infections.A reduced risk of some sexually transmitted diseases in men.Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location).Circumcision also makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean.

      What are the risks?

      Like any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with circumcision. However, this risk is low.
      Problems associated with circumcision include:
      Pain
      Risk of bleeding and infection at the site of the circumcision
      Irritation of the glans
      Increased risk of meatitis (inflammation of the opening of the penis)
      Risk of injury to the penis

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  3. Best article I’ve found yet. Also from WebMD:

    Circumcising Your Baby

    You’re having a boy! Now what?One of the earliest decisions you’ll make for him is whether or not to have him circumcised. Despite some misconceptions, circumcising your baby is mostly a family decision, not a medical one. So how do you choose?

    Personal and Family Considerations

    When you sit down with your partner to discuss circumcision, consider:Your religious or cultural beliefs — as well as your families’ beliefs
    How both of you feel about circumcision, in general
    If the baby’s father is circumcised or not. Does it matter if your son’s penislooks different from his male role model’s?

    The Truth About Health and Circumcision

    An uncircumcised penis is easy to care for and keep clean. So improved hygiene isn’t a reason to choose circumcision.

    There are some potential health benefits of circumcision. While uncommon, circumcised males do have slightly lower risks of:

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in little boys
    Certain STDs in men
    Penile cancer

    Since men don’t have a high risk of these in the first place, lowering their risks isn’t a huge benefit.

    The sooner you schedule your baby’s circumcision, the better. Make sure an experienced professional does the procedure. In some states, an obstetriciandoes it in the hospital. In other states, pediatricians do it. A religious leader who is trained in circumcision is another option.

    Circumcision doesn’t have to be as painful for your baby as it sounds. There are pain management methods that can help to significantly reduce the pain of the procedure for your newborn. Before the procedure takes place, be sure to ask what your options are for relieving your baby’s pain. Also, make sure you find out:
    How and when the circumcision will be done
    What the potential risks are and how often they occur
    How to care for your son’s recently circumcised penis
    Remember that there is no right or wrong decision. Your baby boy will be just fine either way!

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  4. The cattiness is what almost stopped me from continuing. Obviously every person has the right to state opinions. These are facts but at the same time a parent will do what they see fit for their child. I personally agreed to have my son circumcised. I have 2 younger brothers who were not circumcised and neither is my significant other. All three have said they wished their mothers had done it. Their reason I believe are more superficial. I will never forget my mother telling me that my brother had come to her at 16 saying he had an encounter with a girl and she talked about how “gross” his uncircumcised penis looked. Same with my boyfriend and my other younger brother. At first I didn’t see the circumcision as an option. My boyfriend is the one who kept asking me to reconsider. My son has no problems whatsoever.

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