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Email of the Day: We're Not Raising Cattle

By Dr. Laura on October, 30 2023

My husband and I recently sat on a bench at a nearby zoo, people watching before we animal watched. It was then I saw firsthand the importance of being your kid’s mom. I watched as a group of kids from a local daycare were hustled around from animal to animal, while holding a long rope which was led by a day care employee. The children looked tired, and they seemed to be dreading their time at the zoo. As they shuffled past us, some other children came by with their mother. These children looked happy, hydrated, and were laughing. Their mother stopped at every exhibit, read the signs to them and helped them see the animal in the exhibit. It was touching to watch the love and attention these children got, plus they were also learning something about the individual animals.


Later, I couldn’t help but think about those poor daycare kids and how their parents probably think they’re doing the right thing by working, yet these children were miserable. I’m sure they would rather have more Mommy/Daddy time than a bigger house, more toys, and being nothing more than a number to a day care center. If the parents think the daycare employees really care about their kids, they’re wrong. The treatment I witnessed at the zoo was not loving or care taking. It was the same treatment cowboys give cattle when they’re trying to herd them into their pens. This was an eye-opening experience for me, and I promise to raise my own child and not have someone else do it. I’m going to raise a child, not a cow.




We're Not Raising Cattle


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