ON-Lion Letter
Children are taken from their parents because they are obese.  Parents are arrested for letting their kids play outside alone.  Sledding and swaddling is banned.  From games, to school, to breastfeeding, to daycare, the overbearing bureaucratic state keeps getting between kids and their parents.

The state intervening in decisions that used to be up to parents is commonplace today.  Whether to allow children to go un-chaperoned to the local pizza shop, what drinks or food can get sent to school, whether to breast- or bottle-feed babies were all choices that used to be left to us.  Not anymore.  Now the state's safety, hygiene, and health regulations rule, and its judgment might not coincide with ours.

Abby W. Shachter's No Child Left Alone:  Getting the Government Out of Parenting, forthcoming from Encounter Books, explores the growing problem of an intrusive and interfering state breathing down the necks of average parents just trying to do the best they can for themselves and their families.

Schachter is a senior fellow of the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) in Washington, D.C.

Her book shines a light on those parents fighting to take back control over their families.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, as is IWF.
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