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Liberalism is a mental disorder: Schools are banning students from having best friends

September 7, 2017 was Britain’s Prince George’s first day of school at the Thomas’s Battersea private kindergarten school in London.

Jadie Troy-Pryde reports for Marie Claire, September 11, 2017, that “there’s actually a rule at Thomas’s that discourages any of the children from having a BFF” (best friend forever).

Jane Moore, a panelist on the TV talk show Loose Women, lives near the school and many of her friends have children in the school. Moore said on Loose Women that students are encouraged to be friendly with all of their classmates, and not to pick a favorite friend. The school’s aim is to make every child feel included, and this also extends to birthday parties. Moore said:

“There are signs everywhere saying ‘be kind’ – that’s the ethos of the school. They don’t encourage you to have best friends. There’s a policy that if your child is having a party – unless every child is invited – you don’t give out the invites in class. I think it is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded.”

Reporting for Business Insider on Sept. 20, 2017, Chris Weller writes that it’s not just Thomas’s Battersea that bans best friends. Schools across South West London, Kingston, and Surrey have also taken up the practice.

The trend of banning best friends has been growing for several years, and is spreading beyond European borders to the United States and Canada, where teachers in big schools shuffle friendships around to expose kids to a range of peers.

School officials and some psychologists argue that children become more well-adjusted when they have larger friend groups and can avoid negative feelings associated with feeling left out. It is claimed that best friends, with their tight bonds and inside jokes, throw a wrench into that open environment. Christine Laycob, M.S., director of counseling at Mary Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, told the New York Times: “We try to talk to kids and work with them to get them to have big groups of friends and not be so possessive about friends.”

Critics, however, say the no-best-friends policy robs kids of the chance to form valuable coping skills because grappling with mild social exclusion when they’re young will help them to become more capable, resilient adults.

In fact, a wealth of research indicates best friends create value for people throughout their lives:

  • One study recently published in Child Development found that people with childhood best friends enjoyed better mental health well into adulthood. The study’s lead’s author, University of Virginia doctoral student Rachel Narr told New York Magazine: “We weren’t surprised that better adolescent close friendships turned out to be important, but we were surprised by just how important they turned out to be into adulthood.”
  • Narr’s study also found kids with broader friend groups tended to grow up with higher rates of social anxiety than kids with smaller numbers of closer friends.
  • Although anti-best-friend policies may help kids in the short-term, research suggests the strong connections found among best friends could be vital for mental health in a world where adolescents are lonelier than ever.

I’ve had a best friend in every period of my life, from the time I was in kindergarten, and I cannot imagine life without them. If I had a kid in school, if that school bans best friends, I will simply remove my child from that school.

~Eowyn

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LGBT website calls Prince George a “gay icon”

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The author of the Pink News article, Josh Jackman/@josh_jackman

Because that’s what every ordinary person would label a child.

From Yahoo: An article on a leading LGBT website has been branded ‘sick’ and garnered complaints after it drew attention to people on Twitter referring to Prince George as a ‘gay icon’.

The piece was published by PinkNews after a picture surfaced of the four-year-old prince with his hands on his face in a helicopter in Germany last month.

A Northern Ireland politician has launched a complaint about the website. Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) party, has demanded PinkNews withdraws the article and apologises.

He said:  “Sexualising a young child in this fashion is entirely inappropriate. In reality, the photo which prompted the piece shows a four-year-old boy who is smartly dressed and excited about being on a helicopter with his male father and female mother.

“To take an image of a little boy and to fantasise of him being an icon for a life defined by sex is outrageous and sick.”

The article by Josh Jackman was published on 25 July with the headline: People think Prince George looks fabulous in this new photo. It then goes on to describe the young prince as a “gay icon”.

It said: “The monarch-to-be has always been cute and well-dressed, but one day before his fourth birthday, a photo of him excitedly holding his face changed everything. At least, that’s what the people – sorry, his subjects – are saying.”

The chief executive of PinkNews, Benjamin Cohen, told the BBC he had no intention of removing the article.

He said it was a “tongue-in-cheek” piece, based on the comments of “hundreds” of social media users.

He also said  he had “never heard of Jim Allister” and that it was a “legitimate” piece of social commentary and rejected Mr. Allister’s claim that it had “sexualised” a young child.

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Organization calls upon the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to not have a third child for “environmental reasons”

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Mind your own business.

From Daily Mail: Royal-watchers have been speculating on whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will choose to add to their brood with another little Prince or Princess.

But one organisation has controversially called on William and Kate to ‘lead by example’ and stop at two children for environmental reasons.

Having Kids, which promotes smaller families, wrote an open letter to the royal couple this week urging them to ‘consider forgoing having a third child (…) in favour of modelling a smaller, sustainable family.’

They point to factors including climate change, economic equality and the distribution of ‘resources’.

Kate, 35, recently hinted she’d like a third child after being handed a gift designed for newborns during the couple’s royal tour of Poland and Germany. She was seen turning to William at the business event in Warsaw and saying: ‘We will just have to have more babies.’

The organisation said that Kate’s comments raised ‘compelling issues of sustainability and equity’.

Having Kids executive director Anne Green said: ‘William and Kate have a tremendous opportunity to model their choice of having a smaller family. By doing so, they set an example as to what has the most potential for mitigating climate change and its impacts, including severe flooding, deadlier heatwaves, increase in diseases, and wildlife extinctions.

She added: ‘Moreover, given the vast economic inequalities in the world today, the couple also has the opportunity to model a simple principle: That every child deserves as fair start in life’.

But the organisation’s open letter has been met with some skepticism, with one woman writing on Facebook: ‘This is beyond the most ridiculous thing I have ever read.

If someone wrote a letter to me suggesting how many children I should have, regardless of my societal status, I’d be sure to kindly return the letter, straight into their a**. Although there may not be enough room since their head is already so far up their a**.’

On its website, the San Francisco-based organisation says its mission is to promote and protect ‘every child’s right to a fair start in life by replacing parent-centered family planning models with the child-centered Fair Start family planning model.’ 

A third child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would mean a little brother or sister for Prince George, four and two-year old Princess Charlotte – currently third and fourth in line to the throne.

MailOnline has contacted Having Kids for further information.

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Caption Contest! Chelsea, a princess in her own mind

This is the 84th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

Chelsea Clinton mimics Kate Middelton
The pic on the left is of Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky leaving the hospital after she had given birth to their daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, on September 26, 2014. In 2001, Marc’s dad Edward Mezvinsky was convicted of 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, totaling nearly $10 million.

The pic on the right is of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William leaving the hospital after she had given birth to George Alexander Louis on July 22, 2013. George is third in line to the British throne, after his grandfather (Prince Charles) and father (Prince William).

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on FOTM (scroll down), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Chelsea: “Blue dress like Kate’s. Check. Long flowing chestnut hair like Kate’s. Check. Pose in front of hospital steps like Kate. Check. So why is Marc, after I’ve kissed him again and again, still a frog?”

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, click here.

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

fellowshipminds@gmail.com

~Eowyn