From wealthy parents paying for public school to the story of a transgender 9-year old, here are the insane parenting news stories you missed over the weekend! Let’s start the countdown.
9. Pirate Bay co-founder says Australia’s site blocking laws won’t stop piracy
According to Peter Sunde, the co-founder of Pirate Bay, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill, which aims to cut down piracy, will not work. Instead, he claims that site blocking will only promote piracy rather than reduce it, and this is why. Once websites are blocked, people will only find a way to circumvent the block, which is precisely what happened when Denmark tried to block Pirate Bay.
Sunde adds that before passing the bill, the lawmakers should ask the voters whether they want it or not. He adds that he is concerned that the bill will not only block file-sharing sites but also censor whistle-blower websites.
8. Prince Harry writes to grieving mum of 5-year-old boy
Carson Hartley was the 5-year old boy who high-fived and hugged Prince Harry when the prince handed him an Inspirational Child award last year. The boy spent more than half of his young life in a hospital because of serious health problems: lung disease, a heart defect, Spina bifida and brittle bone disease. Unfortunately, Carson also died earlier this month.
Touched by the boy’s positive outlook when he was still alive, Prince Harry felt compelled to write the grieving mum, Kirsty Hartley, a letter, expressing his sadness over Carson’s death. The letter read:
“Carson made such an impression on me at the Wellchild awards last year with his warm smile and hugs. He showed so much happiness with such a positive outlook, despite the challenges he faced.
“Carson was a wonderful young boy and I am delighted to have had the chance to meet him.
“I wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear of your loss and pass to you my heartfelt condolences.”
7. Wealthy parents could pay for public school
If ever approved, a proposal could force wealthy parents to pay for public school. Based on a recommendation by the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), the proposal suggests charging high-income families and the Federal government abandoning funding for public schools. This could result to an annual saving of $15 billion.
However, according to Australian Council of Social Service chief executive Cassandra Goldie, there is no merit in such proposals. “Socially it’s really important that we have everybody, regardless of your walk of life, in (public) schools,” she reportedly told ABC radio. Federal president Correna Haythorpe adds that “It is a fundamental right of every Australian to be able to access public schools free of charge and has been since the 19th century.”
6. Court overturns decision to ban tattooed mum from breastfeeding
Last week, a judge banned a young mother from breastfeeding her 11-month old child due to having a tattoo. Amid the backlash that the ruling has received, an appeal was made to a Sydney Family Court last Friday, wherein the judge’s decision was overturned.
Family Court judge Judge Murray Aldridge criticised the decision of Judge Matthew Myers, saying that it appears that Myers already had a prejudiced position regarding the case. He adds that it seems like there was no consideration given to the physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding and that the decision had no logical basis.
5. Jobless mum admits letting kids go hungry to splash benefits cash on ‘botched’ boob job
What will you do if you have a less than perfect boob job? Naica Gibson, a 31-year old unemployed mum of 4 from Tottenham, North London, thinks it is perfectly fine to let her kids go hungry just so she could keep the benefits and save them for another breast surgery. Allegedly, she is even calling for taxpayers to fork over more cash.
“I’m from England and deserve the treatment if I need it… I don’t see anything wrong in using my benefits for a boob job,” she reportedly told The Sun. This meant taking her kids to their grandmother’s to eat. Naica added: “I expect the NHS to fix my breasts after all the stress I’ve been through.”
4. Housewives using ice to be super-mum
According to Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash, housewives are using an illicit drug, ice in particular, in order to become “super-mums.” Reportedly, there were 200,000 Australians who used the drug last year, and that they are people who came from all walks of life. Apparently, the statistics includes mums who take the risk in order to be super mums.
3. 175,000 Pledge To Party If Anti-Gay Australia Couple Divorces Over Same-Sex Marriage
A couple of weeks ago, a couple from Canberra vowed to get divorced if marriage equality comes to Australia and same-sex marriage gets legalised. In response to this, another Australian citizen, Jesse Mount, put up a Facebook page for people who will celebrate the couple’s divorce. Currently, the group has already 175,000 members.
“I thought, if they are getting a divorce, it would mean same-sex marriage is legalized and so we’d all be celebrating anyway — we might as well celebrate their divorce!” said Mount in an email to Huffington Post. Aside from this, the group has also evolved into a site where same-sex couples share their stories and support each other.
2. Pictures of a smoking drugs and drinking child put on Facebook by his mother
We’ve seen shocking photos of children posted on social media by their mums, but so far, nothing compares to the pictures of a poor young child smoking drugs and drinking cider. The mum from Argentina reportedly made her son smoke and drink, took photos, and published them on her Facebook page with the captions, “Look how he drinks” and “my cute baby, you’re high, from your mother.”
The mum took the pictures down after a wave of protests and hate messages from people who don’t find them funny (read: every one). The account has also been taken down. However, the pictures were already copied and shared multiple times. Until now, the mum has not been named yet and is still being tracked down.
1. Transgender Child To Live As Girl At 9-Years-Old
Sam Hughes, a mum from Rhyl, North Wales, calls her child, Joseph, “brave” for knowing what he wants to be and following his heart’s desire: to be a girl. According to Hughes, her son has wanted to be one since he was around 2-years old. Backing her son’s decision, they are preparing to face the new school year using her child’s new identity under the name, Ellie-Jo, complete with a blonde wig, dresses, and painted nails.
“He’s started going out in a dress when he is with me so that’ll prepare him for when he has to go out on his own and do it. He wants to back to school as a girl in September,” said Hughes. Even though experts recommend waiting until puberty, Sam is confident that her child has gender dysphoria, saying that “He is definitely more confident as Ellie-Jo and more content in himself.”