Category Archives: Parental Rights

Privatize the Children

I support the privatization of children. Now I know this will probably draw as much blowback as the idea of even partially privatizing social security did, but someone has to say it. Until they become adults they should belong to their families. A mother and father should have the rights and responsibilities to raise their children. They should be allowed to choose where their child lives, where they go to receive their education, if and where they attend church, what food their children will eat, and where they will go on vacation and how they will use their free time. If a parent wants to home school their child that should be their right, if they want to send them to a public, a private, or a charter school that should be their right. No matter where they choose to have their children educated parents should have the ability to influence what their children are taught. Unfortunately, Read more

Family Impact Statements

Question of the day, we have environmental impact statements for new projects, the state requires budgetary impact statements for new state law as as we should in both cases, Is it time for family impact statements? The biggest problem in America is that at best public policy does not take into account the impact on families and at worst some directly undermine them. Give you an example, one proposed state law would require your health insurance to pay for a school based clinic treatment of your child and simultaneously ban them from telling you what treatment your child received. Efforts to undermine parental authority abound. Marriage is disrespected. The government wants to be intrusive in discipline. The right to protect your family is undermined with new proposals like 1000 feet gun free school zone. What if you live in a neighborhood with a school? When children are taken from families Read more

Follow Up on the Spanking Controversy

Personally, I don't think spanking should be controversial. As long as children are being raised in a loving, safe home, I don't care how you work it. Don't spank, spank, it is none of my business or anyone else's business. Live and let live. Run your home in any reasonable way that you see fit. The new law passed has unfortunately raised this to front and center. I received an email saying spanking was just outlawed. It was not. Nonetheless, it appears that with the banning of corporal discipline in schools and this chipping away that we do need to have a two way conversation before it is banned. I always noticed that the so called studies that were against spanking included non spanking activities with the fringe that brutalized children. They take some child hit upside their arm with a bat while protecting their head and include them in a sample with one slapped on the rear Read more

Danger in Redefinition of Abuse: Bill Could Harm Families

Senate Bill 234 is completely unnecessary. It seeks to redefine abuse in a way that says "(j) “Physical injury” to a child shall mean any impairment of physical condition or pain." I am with you until that last phrase or pain. Does that mean that lawful discipline under other chapters such as an old fashion spanking is fine as long as it tickles? Pain is a valuable part of life my friends. It teaches us lessons. Pain like pleasure is an essential part of human existence. If you get a ticket, it causes emotional pain, but could save your life. If someone gets handcuffed, the may have minor pain, but it protects them for hurting themselves or others. A child spanked for running out in the road associates the bad behavior with pain. That negative association changes behavior. Transient pain to prevent serious injury or death is good not evil. I am proud to say that I have smacked Read more

Alert from DFPC, call today

Parents Choice Amendment to H.B. 303 FACTS to know: This bill (H.B.303) was first introduced as SB 135, another bill altogether, but because of our efforts it was tabled twice and now completely rewritten. The Parents Choice Amendment is just the first step and we need to be heard on this issue! To address the bigger parental rights violation in Delaware law, we need to elect different Representatives. HB 303 is a bill that deals with non-confidential services that can be billed to third party insurance. But it leaves parents in the dark completely and does not address the bigger problem. That would require a whole new bill. But the reality is the Democrat majority in the HOUSE and the SENATE is not willing to deal with this problem. If a parent does allow their child to receive “confidential” services, it will not be billed to their insurance. The state picks up the cost…it Read more

Is Delaware Family Court Broken?

I am asking the questions that no one is supposed to ask.  Is family law in Delaware reasonable?  Is the family court helping families or hurting them?  Are the polices we are enacting hurting the next generation? I believe there are 4 types of families.  They are  mainstream families, hurting families, weird families, and dangerous families.  The goal of public policy should be preservation of familial relationships.  You don't break up families because they are weird, inconvenient,  angry, or hurting.  You don't break up families because they are poor or broke.  The damage to children when families are broken is enormous, deep, and long lasting.  Without intervention of some type, family break up creates a wound that most of the time never heals correctly.  It is like a broken bone that is never set.  For this reason we need to insure our public policy serves our own best Read more

Pro-family Victory

SB 135 is laid on the table in the House. This bill is unique in that it would be the only state that we have found which would make parents pay for school based wellness services but refuse to allow them to know what they paid to get. As of 5:30pm on the 30th this bill was said to be a done deal. Instead it is delayed. We will have time for answers and a chance to improve the bill.

SB 135 Raises Flag in Pro-Family Community

SB 135  is a common sense bill that stops spending Medicaid money on people with insurance by requiring School Based Health Clinics to bill private insurance, if any exists, before billing Medicaid.  Medicaid will then pay whatever is left.  Currently children of millionaires are covered under Medicaid if they go to their Wellness Center while the state is looking to take vision care away from poor people for lack of funds.  So what is the problem that the pro-family community has with SB 135? (e) To the extent that parents of students using SBHCs have consented to the confidential use of SBHCs by their children, services subject to this Section that are submitted for reimbursement pursuant to insurance contracts shall be exempt from any legal or contractual requirements relating to an explanation of medical services provided. In lieu of an explanation of services provided, carriers Read more

The Delaware Democratic Attack On Motherhood and Apple Pie

Actually, they don't seem to have a big problem with apple pie. Parenthood is another issue. Recent legislation passed by the Democrat majority threatens parenthood. In 2009, the Democrat majority decided to fix what wasn't broken. In 2011. the civil union bill doubled down on the error. While most people focused on the marriage like aspect of the bill. We also focused on the redefinition of the family. Here is why. From Delaware Online, the new de facto parental rights.  Thanks to the Democrats, a mother can now lose her child to her ex-boy or girl friend (not a step parent by marriage or union) without any evidence of unfitness.  This an assault on parenthood like few others.  We are a national laughingstock. .The order, issued April 12 and released Monday, denies a request to re-argue the case and leaves standing the court's decision in March to recognize the "de facto" parental Read more

Parental Leave for Children’s Educational Events

My Representative and friend Darryl Scott D-31  has introduced house bill 231 to require employers provide up to 16 hours of unpaid leave a year to attend children's school conferences and extra curricular events.   Now it should noted that I rarely agree with Rep. Scott's politics.  My initial  instincts are to oppose this bill as a mandate on employers better worked out in the marketplace, but I know the reality is that some employers are for the lack of a better word, jerks.  They are a small minority, but they exist.  We do not make laws for those who follow common decency, but those who will not.  After further consideration, I have decided that I like the basic law and believe it will strengthen society and families with little cost to employers, most of whom would do this anyway. Here is the snyopsis of the law. This act grants working parents with 16 hours of leave each Read more

House Bill 350 – Parental Encouragement?

Legislation was introduced Thursday, March 25, 2010, to involve parents more in their children's education. The "Parents' Declaration of Responsibilities", which would affect all public and charter schools in the state, seems like an unnecessary adoption of common sense. Parents would be asked to sign the declaration at the beginning of each school year stating that they would commit to spending 15 minutes each evening helping their children with their homework or resolve to volunteer to help with school functions throughout the school year. Local parent/teacher organizations would help draft the declaration. There would be no penalty for noncompliance and no forcing of either parent to sign the declaration. Why then would the state ask for such legislation to be passed? Delaware currently has no laws which require schools to inform the public of parental involvement. When deciding which Read more

Go Outside Kid

This past week the official signing ceremony for Michelle's law occurred. It sets restrictions on teens use of tanning salons and requires annual parental permission. I approve of the law because some teens are not realizing the damage they are doing to their skin in tanning booths. What is not discussed is the fact that if it is considered so cool to look like you spend time outside, why don't those kids go outside? Maybe parents should tell their teens go ride a bike or play sport the next time they ask for permission to go to the salon. It is cheaper and has long term benefits. Don't forget the sun screen. Seriously, why are we such an artificial society? What benefit is it to fool people into thinking that you go outside? Be real. Do it right. I have to wonder what this bill does to liberal logic. A sixteen year old can drop out of school, have sex, and have an abortion Read more