Anti Co-Sleeping Campaign, Are We Missing The Bigger Issue?

Image courtesty of the City of Milwaukee

Just the past Tuesday the web was ablaze with the newest ad campaign from the city of Milwaukee. Aimed at depicting co-sleeping as dangerous and irresponsible, it features a baby in a bed sleeping. Right next to a butcher knife.

Of course Facebook was alive with comments about this campaign. I ran across at least a dozen blog posts dedicate to it. All of them saying the same things. People fell on one of two sides. This was a horrible campaign and co-sleeping is a wonderful thing. Or it is about time someone came out and said what a horrible practice this was.

This post is not about either response. I firmly believe that no matter where you fall on any issue, you can find some study, some research to back up your opinion. At the end of the day, do your research and make your decision based on what is best for your family.

I think we are missing the bigger point of this campaign. It is just another way the government feels that they can tell us how to parent. How to live our lives.

Remember last year when parts of California tried to ban toys in Happy Meals citing the rise in childhood obesity. The concept was simple, and I think we can all agree, that Happy Meals are not the ideal meal for children. Hence, removing the draw of the toys, would remove the want of the meals.

Parents were up in arms. It is our right as a parent to monitor what our children eat. We as parents have the ability to say no to these fat filled meals with the cheap plastic toys. The government has no right to tell us what we should or should not feed our families.

Why is co-sleeping any different? At what point do we stop turning on other parents for their choices and start telling the government that they have no place in determining what we view as an effective, safe, or even dangerous practice when it comes to us and our children?

Do you think we missed the bigger issue?

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