The Week That Passed Was . . .

The Next Challenge Facing Parents: The Protection Of Our Kids Health

Back in the 60`s the ads were still extolling the virtues of smoking. A great stress reliever, a tool to help sharpen focus and promote less depression and so on. Science has proved otherwise since then that smoking tobacco is NOT a great idea and can be very dangerous to your health. Now comes along a smokeless tobacco that the marketers are trying to sell as being more healthy because it is supposedly less dangerous. E-cigarettes are being sold as a replacement to tobacco which reduce the harm of smoking tobacco by up to over 60%. However, for as many research papers that say they can validate this claim there are as many research papers that dispute the claim most vigorously. The truth is that science just does not know. Most of the evidence states that, because tobacco is not really burned, it cannot cause the problems that `real`tobacco does. In fact the substance that is used is a liquid concoction that includes nicotine as a prime ingredient. What is not mentioned in most of the literature is that, although a user would use the equivalent of two third less tobacco per dose the cravings and the use of the liquid used in the vapor making process creates a desire to use it more often than a real cigarette therefore supplying more nicotine than the use of a `normal`smoke. The other disturbing thing is that users of e-cigs are much younger when they start  getting into the product believing that it is not near as harmful or dangerous as tobacco since that is what the marketing information is telling them.

So what are you going to say to your kids when they come home from a tough day at school and they just want to sit down and enjoy a couple of hits of e-liquid in their new electronic wanna be cigarette. I know what I would say–not in this place you wont. Your best weapon here is information. There are some great sites with decent information. Just type in–E-Cigs in your browser and hit enter. Good luck–Jim

Parenting Tip For The Week:

We live in a time when parents seem quite confused about what role they want to play in their children`s lives. Do they want to be an active `parent` or do they want the system to do what they (the parents) need to be doing but don`t seem to have time to do. Such is the problem with students, teachers and parents. Should we give the right to teachers to discipline students, appropriately, who are disruptive or interfere with how a teacher goes about teaching other students. Yes–I believe we need to do that. Parents can certainly have input into how that is done but should not stand in the way of it being done. 

We need to ensure that our kids are well prepared when they make their grand entrance into the real world when they finish their formal education and that is not happening. I agree that parents need to be actively involved in their child`s education. But their involvement needs to stop when a teacher has no authority to discipline a child who routinely interferes with a teachers ability to do what we pay them good money to do. When a kid learns that he or she can`t or won`t be held accountable for their actions or behaviour by a teacher then they are being taught that there is no need for them to respect the social norms expected of them when they are in the world by themselves. There is little accountability in the present system for poor and inappropriate student behaviour and little guidance from parents who say they will take care of this business but end up doing very little. Teachers get paid to educate–let’s take the hand cuffs off them and let them do their job.

Music Video Of the Week:

Since it`s St. Paddies Day and I still have a bit of Irish running through me I acknowledge the best Irish band ever assembled in my humble opinion and one of the top 5 ever–U2

Anyways, that`s how I see it-all the best, Jim

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