Month: May 2013

The Gift of Siblings | NYTimes.com

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The Gift of Siblings – NYTimes.com.

“My friend Campbell, who’s as fond of her two sisters as I am of my siblings, put it this way: “With a friend, I have to be more articulate. With my sisters, I can be my most primal self: inarticulate, childishly emotional. I’ll have a fight with my sister and say, ‘O.K., I know we’re in a fight, but I need your advice on something,’ and we can just put the fight on hold. They’re the only people in the world you can be your worst self with and they’ll still accept you.””

I’ve argued for a long time, and this article wholeheartedly proves the point, that siblings are the best gift you can give to a child.  The familial relationships a child forms become first forays into the social structure of the world around them.  While the reasons for only having one child range from an inability to a conscious decision to there are more on their way they just aren’t here yet, there is no denying that only children move through the world differently than those with siblings; there is also no denying that sibling relationships are not often perfect and can set a person up for a lifetime of success or failure.  (Incest?)

I believe that the role of siblings in a person’s life is integral, but by no means paramount.  I hold that the parents are ultimately the ones responsible for the education and formation of their children, whether there is one or many.  If siblings are an aid in this endeavor, then so be it, but if parents find themselves raising an only child whatever the reason may be, then it still falls upon their shoulders to give the child every opportunity for success in development and growth as they possibly can.

 

 

My Wife is Expecting Twins and Im Not Happy | HuffPo

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HuffPo Reporter: My Wife is Expecting Twins and Im Not Happy | LifeNews.com.

This is what is wrong with our world.  Selfish, spineless, empty self-indulgent lives that lead to a type of gratification involving nothing that is not immediately pleasing and pleasurable.

There is absolutely no sense of sacrifice or honor in this report, nothing that doesn’t make me worried for the fate of this family or of these children in particular.

I welcome your thoughts on this issue.

Study: Women More Likely to Die After Abortion, Not Childbirth | LifeNews.com

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Study: Women More Likely to Die After Abortion, Not Childbirthh | LifeNews.com.

Whatever you think about abortion, you need to read this part:

“Reardon said the February study was “worse than a junk in, junk out analysis” because its authors excluded record linkage studies, all of which contradicted their claim that childbirth is 14 times more dangerous than abortion, from their literature review. He believes that evidence of abortion-associated risks is being suppressed for ideological and political reasons.

“Population control activists in the United States and Europe, governments, NGO’s, and academic circles are pressuring developing countries to legalize abortion,” he said. “Their long-standing documented objective is to reduce birth rates among the poor. But that objective is being disguised by the more politically correct sales pitch which asserts that abortion is safer than childbirth and represents a positive benefit to women’s health. Any evidence which undermines that sales pitch is therefore doggedly ignored or suppressed.”

Reardon believes the higher rates of maternal mortality associated with abortion may be largely due to elevated rates of psychological stress associated with abortion.

For example, the mortality studies in Finland found a three-fold increased risk of suicide in the first year following an abortion compared to the general population and a six-fold higher risk compared to women who gave birth. The highest suicide rate was within two months of the abortion.”