Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School

It has been a busy couple of weeks in my home. My husband started a new job, my children are back at our homeschool, and we are attending regular meetups and play dates. I love being busy and hate being bored so this is perfect for me. My children love having time to learn but also time to play with friends and do science projects. We are looking forward to an exciting autumn full of learning and new adventures!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Mission

I enjoy helping others. I remember what it was like to have very little in the way of resources, yet to have a family to support. One of my goals this year has been to work to help others. I am now able to do just that in small doses. If others chip in, then more people can get a helping hand. If you know someone who could use a gift card or even a greeting card with a kind message inside please let me know. I will send as many as I am able. Again, If others chip in, then this can become a way to help more people. You can nominate on my Facebook page by messaging me their full name and current address. Thank you in advance for brightening someone's day!

http://www.facebook.com/HappyMommy1Blog?ref=hl

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Open Letter to Chancellor Merkel and the United States Congress



Chancellor Merkel and Members of Congress,
It has come to my attention that 20 members of the United States Congress have contacted Chancellor Merkel in order to encourage male genital mutilation. This takes time away from creating solutions that United States Citizens need with regard to jobs, healthcare, education, and housing. In addition, the congress members are acting with blatant disregard of U.S. and international laws. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child States in Article 24.3 "Parties shall take all effective and appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children." This is only one of many international

legislative aarticles which protect children from genital mutilation. The United States has child abuse laws which

make circumcision illegal in each state which say you cannot leave a mark on a child. Circumcision is illegal

under the 14th Amendment which guarantees equal rights to all regardless of religion or age. Yes, children do

have religious freedom as well as the freedom to not be harmed by others. Courts have repeatedly ruled that

parents cannot martyr their children which makes religious freedom and parents' rights arguments invalid.
Sadly many American legislators and philanthropists mistakenly believe that parents can make the choice to circumcise a child. There are many reasons for this belief including but not limited to the need to feel that a dangerous tradition is acceptable,the need to profit from the sale of foreskins, the need to profit tfrom doing the procedure itself, the need to be right or feel normal even though most of the world is intact.
Circumcision is rarely done with  pain medication and many consider sugar pacifiers and lollipops to be "enough" pain medicine for an infant. There are no health benefits to circumcision, but there are downfalls. A child may die from shock or from bleeding out.  A child may have psychological issues such as PTSD or other psychological and social problems. Circumsion affects breastfeeding and often ceases the nursling/mother relationship. A child may also have physical injuries beyond the amputation of the foreskin and it's immunological protections. He will not be as protected as his intact peers from disease and infection. He will not be able to perform properly during intimate acts with his partner due to the keratinization of his glans among other issues.   
 Muslim parents are not supposed to circumcise and a growing number of Jewish families keep their children intact because they know it is harmful to circumcise. We know that mandated  reporters are the perpetrators of many of these child abuses you so lightly call circumcisions.  Ask yourself, why do American legislators want to foster the mutilation of males abroad? What benefit do they receive from encouraging a practice that illegal to do to females, is illegal in the United Ststes, and illegal under international child protection laws? Perhaps it is time to protect our children, our future instead of raise on high those who would harm our future.




Resources
http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/pdf/US-HumanRightsReport.pdf

http://www.norm-uk.org/where_do_foreskins_go.html
http://www.plasmetic.com/skin/skin-care-cosmetics/foreskin-face-cream-from-skinmedica-promoted-by-oprah-winfrey.html

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/09/sugar-does-not-relieve-newborn-pain.html
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/myths-about-circumcision-you-likely-believe
http://www.cirp.org/library/pain/
http://www.drmomma.org/2011/03/he-didnt-cry-babies-in-shock.html

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/death-from-circumcision.html
http://www.cirp.org/library/death/

http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/circumcision-ethics-and-economics

http://www.cirp.org/library/birth/
http://www.drmomma.org/2009/12/effects-of-circumcision-on.html
http://www.drmomma.org/2012/06/womanly-art-of-breastfeeding.html

http://www.circumcisionharm.org/

http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2012/08/my-doctor-says-my-son-needs-to-be-circumcised.html
http://www.cirp.org/library/hygiene/
http://www.norm.org/lost.html
http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=602421
http://www.cirp.org/library/statements/letters/1996-02_ACS/

http://www.sexasnatureintendedit.com/
http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2012/05/circumcision-and-adult-penile-sensitivity-sexual-dysfunction.html
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/circumcision-social-sexual-psychological-realities
http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/boyle5/

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2002/06/prweb41148.htm

http://www.quranicpath.com/misconceptions/circumcision.html
http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/intact-and-jewish/
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/even-in-israel-more-and-more-parents-choose-not-to-circumcise-their-sons.premium-1.436421
http://www.drmomma.org/2010/12/ready-to-talk-jewish-mothers-change-of.html











Friday, August 3, 2012

Dear AAP, We Know the Truth




Dear American Academy of Pediatrics,

We know the truth. We know that you benefit from not only the payment for circumcisions, but also by selling the foreskins to cosmetic and research companies. We know you rarely use pain medication and that you routinely consider sugar pacifiers and lollipops to be "enough" pain medicine for an infant. We know there are no health benefits to circumcision, but there are downfalls. A child may die from shock or from bleeding out. A child may have psychological issues such as PTSD or other psychological and social problems. We know circumcision affects breastfeeding and often ceases the nursling/mother relationship. A child may also have physical injuries beyond the amputation of the foreskin and it's immunological protections. He will not be as protected as his intact peers from disease and infection. He will not be able to perform properly during intimate acts with his partner due to the keratinization of his glans among other issues. We know circumcision is illegal under child abuse laws in each state which say you cannot leave a mark on a child. Circumcision is illegal under the 14th Amendment which guarantees equal rights to all regardless of religion or age. Yes, children do have religious freedom as well as the freedom to not be harmed by others. Courts have repeatedly ruled that parents cannot martyr their children which makes religious freedom and parents' rights arguments invalid. Muslim parents are not supposed to circumcise and a growing number of Jewish families keep their children intact because they know it is harmful to circumcise. Yes, we know the truth. We know that mandated reporters are the perpetrators of many of these child abuses you so lightly call circumcisions. No matter what your policy states when it comes out in September, we will continue to share the true facts instead of bow to those who are in it for the money and the power. We hold you accountable to "do no harm". We will be heard. We will bring change whether you like it or not.


Resources





http://www.norm-uk.org/where_do_foreskins_go.html
http://www.plasmetic.com/skin/skin-care-cosmetics/foreskin-face-cream-from-skinmedica-promoted-by-oprah-winfrey.html

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/09/sugar-does-not-relieve-newborn-pain.html
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/myths-about-circumcision-you-likely-believe
http://www.cirp.org/library/pain/
http://www.drmomma.org/2011/03/he-didnt-cry-babies-in-shock.html

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/death-from-circumcision.html
http://www.cirp.org/library/death/

http://www.cirp.org/library/legal/canning1/
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/8/prweb9828887.htm
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2002/06/prweb41148.htm
http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/pdf/2012-08-22_PublicNotice.pdf
http://www.circumcisionvideos.com/onlinewbwr.htm
http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/pdf/US-HumanRightsReport.pdf

http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/circumcision-ethics-and-economics

http://www.cirp.org/library/birth/
http://www.drmomma.org/2009/12/effects-of-circumcision-on.html
http://www.drmomma.org/2012/06/womanly-art-of-breastfeeding.html

http://www.circumcisionharm.org/

http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2012/08/my-doctor-says-my-son-needs-to-be-circumcised.html
http://www.cirp.org/library/hygiene/
http://www.norm.org/lost.html
http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=602421
http://www.cirp.org/library/statements/letters/1996-02_ACS/

http://www.sexasnatureintendedit.com/
http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2012/05/circumcision-and-adult-penile-sensitivity-sexual-dysfunction.html
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/circumcision-social-sexual-psychological-realities
http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/boyle5/

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2002/06/prweb41148.htm

http://www.quranicpath.com/misconceptions/circumcision.html
http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/intact-and-jewish/
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/even-in-israel-more-and-more-parents-choose-not-to-circumcise-their-sons.premium-1.436421
http://www.drmomma.org/2010/12/ready-to-talk-jewish-mothers-change-of.html

Thursday, August 2, 2012

More Success

I know this may seem silly to some, but if you have been following the issues my son has then you will understand. Today we had our weekly sitter visit. We went to the free movie with all three kids. I am used to going by myself so this was a great break.

Ez never wants  to interact with anyone other than me, but recently began playing  game with the sitter during her time with us. When we got to the theater today he surprised the sitter and I again. I had to use the bathroom and asked him to come with me. He said no. I asked him if he wanted to stay with our lovely sitter or go to the bathroom with me. He said stay. Not only that, but he did not get upset for the five minutes I was gone nor did he give her a hard time.

I found myself day dreaming of date nights and exercise at a gym while in the restroom..then I realized that this situation took six months and I should probably hold on to those dreams but be realistic. It may be some time before I get to be away from my son for more than five minutes. That is okay, I will take those five calm and quiet minutes in the bathroom at the theater and savor them. Hopefully he will continue to be comfortable with our sitter and feel safe when I am gone knowing I will come back.