Over the weekend a major blogging conference took place in Melbourne; The

Nuffnang Blogopolis Conference 2011

And a Blogger’s Brunch organized by Christie from Kids Business Marketing and Public Relations.

(This is why I’m a couple days late on this post.)

And while this was all the rage, deservedly so, there were other news stories. So here we go with my weekly round up.

First up we have the Posh is herself too posh to push apparently and doctors warn against multiple caesarian sections.

Women are risking their lives by following the celebrity trend of having multiple caesarean births, health experts have warned.

Hmmm, Glowless wrote a post in January about the backlash Miranda Kerr received from various forums because she dared to say she was proud to have given birth to a large baby vaginally and without any drugs. Just today Glowless tweeted that this old chestnut has reared it’s ugly head again.

While I’ll concede that yes, repeated caesarian sections probably do pose a threat to mother and baby, I don’t know why Victoria Beckham had caesarian sections; it’s really none of my business.

Mums just can’t catch a break. And what is frustrating is the implied notion that those having elected caesarian sections are too posh to push but if you do happen to push a baby out without drugs, don’t you dare boast. That’s just arrogant.

So what’s the answer? Don’t talk about birth?

But what we should be getting upset about is the following news story.

In Afghanistan a woman dies in childbirth every 29 minutes A chronic shortage of midwives and basic health services makes having a baby one of the most dangerous things an Afghan woman can do.

Eden Wood is the six year old American child pageant phenomenon was supposed make an appearance in Melbourne over the weekend but her mother Mickie Wood told The Age, “We didn’t show because police were concerned about the protests.”

Earlier in the week A series of L’Oreal advertisements featuring Hollywood star Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington have been banned in Britain for being overly airbrushed.

In the comments section of both articles indicate that public opinion is that kids should look like kids not grown ups and grown ups should look their age not their shoe size.

Religion and schools is always a tricky subject to tackle; whether it be the Federal Government funding for chaplain services or ethics classes.

Yvette Vignando, Cate Bolt, Carol Duncan and Melanie James have been tweeting today about Ethics classes in schools.

Now to bring everyone up to speed, New South Wales public schools have introduced ethics classes for those children who do not attend scripture classes. Sounds simple no?

My children attend a Catholic school and not because I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ Our Saviour. I don’t. Jury is still out for me. The way I figure it, I made up my own mind about religion, God, faith, spirituality because I was exposed to it. So for my kids, I will let them learn, question, and either accept or dismiss it on their own terms; not mine.

This is what works for me and my family. Live and let live.

These two articles are an interesting read.

A confident secularist society would tolerate school religion
Government must act to ensure chaplains don’t overstep the line

There is a large consensus that parents would prefer their children be exposed to the principals of many faiths so they have a broad understanding rather than be taught in only one faith. And this perfectly reasonable.

And as for the ethics class debate, personally, I love the idea. Fred Nile doesn’t like the idea of ethics classes at all. And the distinct bitter taste left in my mouth after reading this article left me thinking that politics is a self serving farce. Especially when the Anglican Church and Catholic Church have reversed their position and say the ethics classes should remain.


  • At 2011.08.02 20:20, MummyK said:

    Are there religion classes in Australia? Growing up in a catholic country, I had to endure 14 years of that, it has its pros and cons I guess but it depends how they teach it I guess.

    So nice to see you again!

    And oh, change your feed to full feed, it’s on partial feed still. If you want to, that is 🙂

    • At 2011.08.02 21:42, Maria said:

      In the public school system they have scripture classes which go for about half an hour. A church volunteer usually goes into these classes and teaches scripture. And the public school will generally offer a range of faiths. Parents have the option of not sending the kids to scripture class so there was a lot of debate that these kids were wasting half an hour a week so ethics classes were introduced.

      Initially the churches opposed the ethics classes because they believed that they should be offered to all children, not just the ones not attending scripture. They ran trials of the ethics classes last year with much success and were rolled out into all schools this year.

      Some church leaders were scared that parents would pull their children out of scripture classes and enrol them into ethics classes.

      And thanks for the feedback on the full feed. I was just thinking today that I really had no idea what setting I had it on. And that I should put it on full feed.

      Thank you mummyk. You the best 🙂

      Love & stuff
      Mrs M

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