Uncle Sam is the worst helicopter parent in America.
Children are taken from their parents because they are obese. Parents are arrested for letting their children play outside alone. Sledding and swaddling are banned. From games to school to breast-feeding to daycare, the overbearing bureaucratic state keeps getting between kids and their parents.
The state’s safety, hygiene, and health regulations rule, and the government’s judgment may not coincide with yours. Which foods and drinks to send to school, what toys to buy, whether to breast- or bottle-feed babies are all choices that used to be left to you and me. Not anymore.
As a mom to four kids, I should be used to it, but I’m not. All the government-mandated parenting gets under my skin. And I’m not alone.
No Child Left Alone explores the growing problem of an intrusive, interfering government and highlights those parentsall the Captain Mommies and Captain Daddies across Americafighting to take back control over their families.
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About the Author
Abby W. Schachter is a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard, Acculturated, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and Reason , among other publications. She blogs at captainmommy.com. She lives in Pittsburgh with her artist husband, Professor Ben Schachter, and their four children.
Table of Contents
Foreword Lenore Skenazy ix
1 Arresting Captain Mommy 27
Criminalizing parents for raising independent, self-assured children
2 Breast Is Best, or Else 61
Advocating for breastfeeding isn't enough-it has to be the law
3 Daycare Nannies 91
Too few child-care centers that cost too much-the result of too many regulations
4 School Statists 121
Obsessed with health and fat shaming
5 The War on Fun 147
Banning play, toys, and games
6 Obesity Police 181
Kids taken into state custody because they're fat and other child-welfare woes
Selected Bibliography 263