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I’m very intrigued by these stories in the media about parents being judged, criticized and even arrested for parenting in the manner that we would have 20 years ago.  The climate of fear that we are raising our children in today is something to be seriously considered, especially given the world today is really so much safer than it has been in previous decades (in so many ways.)

This particular article is not lead-poisoning related per se, but parenting related.

It is specifically of interest to me, as I have been told by government officials that the reason the government (federal/ states, etc.) and other publicly funded agencies often downplay the numbers of children impacted by lead is because they don’t want to create a climate of fear for parents… they are concerned about inciting panic.

What kind of world are we living in when media and public agency intervention creates fear and panic around children taking a walk, but actively avoids creating fear and panic around the issue of children potentially being poisoned  – and suffering permanent brain damage as a result.

Constructive dialogue in the comments encouraged.

Thanks for reading.

Tamara Rubin
Mother of Lead Poisoned Children
Founder, Lead Safe America

Please click the image to read this story published on Alternet on January 15, 2015.alternet_kids

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