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01 August 2015 @ 01:53 am
Due to the untimely death of their parents, you have been named the legal guardian of minor children. There have always been some major differences in your parenting practices and those of their parents. You disagreed on vaccines, carseat standards, homeschool vs. public school, medicating for mental health issues, and/or some other topics that are very important to you and/or them.

In which cases would you honor the wishes of the parents instead of doing what you decided to do with your own children (or plan to if/when you have them)?

Does the age/opinion of the child matter?
08 July 2015 @ 10:31 pm
I guess Volvo is coming out with a car that replaces the front passenget seat with a rear-facing child seat. What do you guys think?

01 July 2015 @ 06:39 am
I don't know if this was all over the news where you live, but it was here, so...

Let's say Bob is put under for a procedure, and he has decided to record the procedure on his cell phone so that he can use it to take notes of the doctor's instructions later. While he is under, the medical team makes mean comments and jokes about him, claiming he has illnesses he doesn't, was a whiner who needed a punch in the face, blah blah blah. When he comes to, he catches all of this.

Bob successfully sued, and the medical staff has lost their jobs.

Do you agree with the court's ruling?
22 June 2015 @ 09:16 pm
Let's say your child (lol) is representing your town in an official capacity. Let's say she's, oh, IDK, La Reina for the local fiesta. And she is the victim of a burglary, where her crown was stolen from her home. Then she went on facebook and said "this is why I hate coming to this effing town."

Would it be fair for her to be stripped of her title?

Does it matter if the town has had a not-so-good reputation recently?
Would it matter if the town has had a not-so-good reputation for a very long time?

Would her age be a factor in your opinion (let's say 14 vs 24)?
Would her own past behavior be a factor?
12 June 2015 @ 04:07 pm
When I was in grade one (so, six or seven years old), we had weekly spelling tests. After each one was graded, we had to take the notebook home and have our parent/guardian sign it. Those who didn't were penalized with a five minute detention during recess. It didn't matter if the student had left the notebook at school or if the parent forgot to sign it.

If a student forgot twice in a row, they'd end up with a ten minute detention and so on. I'm pretty sure if they brought it back signed the next week, the penalty would go back to five minutes if they forgot again. I don't remember if the student got off with a warning the first time they didn't have it signed or not. Some kids in the class rarely, if ever, had their spelling tests signed.

Do you think it's fair to penalize students for something their parents didn't do?

Does the age of the students matter?
28 May 2015 @ 09:03 pm
Let's say you threw one of those huge expensive weddings.

Now let's say a wedding guest decided to propose to their girlfriend at your wedding.

How would you feel?

Not parent related enough for you? Well let's say you went traditional and paid for your daughter's wedding and it was a huge expense. How would you feel?
07 May 2015 @ 04:20 pm
Is suspension (in school or out) an appropriate punishment for cutting class?
26 April 2015 @ 04:54 pm
You have an adolescent child with a developmental delay or condition that involves an intellectual disability. Your child is a minor under your care, but of the local age of consent. Your child has developed a relationship with someone their age. The couple is physically affectionate with each other and it seems to be progressing.

How do you determine whether or not they are capable of giving consent to sex? Whose opinions matter to you? Does it make a difference to you if their partner also has an intellectual disability or of they have typical ability? How do you balance protecting your child with allowing them to participate in relationships?

Now assume that your child meets whatever criteria you have for consent and has expressed a strong desire to have a romantic relationship, but doesn't have a romantic partner. Would you play matchmaker for them?

On the flip side, you have a child (the same age as in the cases above) of average intellectual ability who has developed a relationship with someone their age who has an intellectual disability. How do you advise your child in proceeding in a romantic relationship?

Who do you get advice from? Do you sit down with the other parents and talk it out? Should you butt out completely?