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[Susan notes:

This letter should make every parent pause--and spend a few more minutes talking to--and listening to--the kids.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
07/13/2003

To the editor



Donald J. Mc Hugh, Jr. is, of course, quite

correct when he states that "Parental

Guidance is Required" (Op-Ed, July 12.)



In the meantime we are busily disconnecting

and/or emotionally depriving our children starting in the delivery room after which we use cribs, separate bedrooms, playpens, walkers, au-

pairs, baby-sitters, day-care centers, preschool,

regular school, college, graduate school, peer

groups, soccer lessons, and those highly-addic-

tive electronic screens not to mention the fact

that the average parent now spends 6 hours/

week shopping, 40 minutes with the kids.



But we sure know how to produce, consume,

ruin the environment, and make war.



An observation: - with their small brains and

large bodies, the dinosaurs lived for 130 million

years: - we'll be lucky to make it for 130,000.



One possible explanation: -- paleontological

evidence, recently unearthed, indicates that

those "primitive" reptiles actually took care

of the young.



Robert E. Kay, MD


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