Three Strikes and You’re Out as a Bad Parent

There are three pernicious events that have been reported on the news this Summer that convinces me that the “entitlement generation” have now moved into the misnomer realm of parenting.

No rules apply to them or their children!  They do as they please when they please!  Their wish is our every command!

Here are the Top Three indicators — from this Summer alone! — that you might just be a Bad Parent… and if you happen to tumble into all three… then please give up on your lack of parenting skills and turn your kids over to someone who more rightly knows how to care for them within the terms and conditions of the rest of us.

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The Goodness of Changeable Prescription Glasses

My absolute favorite episode of The Twilight Zone is one in which a book loving nebuch finds that he may be the sole survivor of a powerful bombing and that he has all the time to read that he wants — but loses it all when his prescription glasses are shattered in an accident. I wondered how it was possible that he couldn’t find a suitable replacement but I imagine it might be difficult to find anything if your glasses are broken. An English company may have solved this issue with their innovative glasses which are adjustable by the wearer such that the prescription of the glasses match his or her eyes.

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The Jack of All Ills: How the Internet Democratized Medicine

I’m old enough and just craggy enough to remember the pure disdain medical doctors had  for the internets in the early 1990’s when the web was growing by bounds and grabbing the brains of any and every eager mind.  The reason doctors hated the internet was because open access to information diluted their expertise by egalitarian dissemination of research and the democratic propagation of information; and they resented it when patients knew more about a drug or a condition than they did.  Eager patients are hungry for information and becoming the master of a single pill or a defined diagnosis is much easier than having to worry about every single chemical condition and biological solution studied at medical school.  Patients are the masters of their ailments; doctors are the jack of all ills.

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In Opposition to Prescription Privileges for Psychologists

by William J. Matthews, Ph.D.

Over the last number of years there has been an increasing demand by many clinical psychologists for the right to prescribe psychotropic medications as a part of their clinical treatment. A typical argument in favor of prescription privileges takes the form of, “I am fully capable of understanding the effects of these medications and being able to prescribe will only enhance the effectiveness of my work with patients.”

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