Four new mommies beta testing parenthood.
Jennifer Nichols Parnell
This week we discuss the new medical recommendations on circumcision, spending quality vs. quantity time with your children, and transitioning to a toddler bed. Yikes!
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Enjoyed the podcast! I'm with you, Natali--I feel that our primary reasons for choosing circumcision were cultural. This is one area where I don't mind keeping the status quo. My husband, however, has always contended that it's a cleanliness issue, and like your husband, he had very strong opinions on the subject! I'm glad I wasn't aware that my baby was being taken back for circumcision. That would've been a little upsetting! The nurses at our hospital take the babies back to the nursery every morning because that's when the pediatrician makes her rounds. That particular morning, he just stayed a little longer for his circ. When he was brought back to me, I was informed that it was done! It was less traumatic that way.
I have just finished listening to this podcast and I couldn't help but to get a bit upset on the circumcision issue. I am a guy and my perspective on this issue can only be referred to as being a guy as I don't have kids and I have not had to make this decision with real world consequences yet. I have only three questions to any parent that is making this decision for their child. There are still palaces in the world that practice female circumcision. I think most people male or female would find this an unacceptable practice. I ask any moms out there to ask themselves what if this was me? How would I feel about being circumcised as a child? I would also like anyone considering this for religious reasons to ask themselves if it is right to take the choice away from my child. I see religion as a choice a person makes about their beliefs and the kind of person they want to be. When your child becomes an adult this procedure is still available to them and they can make the decision themselves for the sake of their faith. Lastly I would ask parents to consider their child's own wishes. Think about if I do not get my child circumcised how likely they would chose to be circumcised when they are old enough to make the decision themselves. As you can tell from my questions the thing I like the least about this is that people permanently alter their children with the results of which they will have to live with the rest of their lives. A choice made before that person is old enough to decide for themselves with the consequences of not being circumcised usually take place after the child reaches the age of reason. That being said I do like your podcast, though I am disappointed an alternative view was not provided regarding this issue. I find it interesting to hear about the difficulties and triumphs of parenting that my relatives and friends with children don't normally elaborate on. Thank all of you for taking the time and effort to make this podcast.
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