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October 18, 2011

Occupy Parenting

Nothing like a cute little blond girl to sell a political message.

Occupy child abuse

These tots couldn't wait to go to Occupy Philadelphia.

The stroller on the right is $500, and the Occupy movement urges followers to shlep their kids.

Just don't stumble into poop, bug-a-boo.

Just don't stumble into poop, bug-a-boo, and you'll be all right.

What kind of parent brings his child to a pigsty like Zuccotti?  Why, this kind:

Some hippie families are toting kids to the wild Occupy Wall Street protests — including one 13-year-old boy who carries a stack of quarters in case he has to make a jailhouse phone call and a homemade solution that washes pepper spray from the eyes.

“The people I ended up sleeping next to were druggies. Someone was trying to put a cigarette out on my face, and I had to roll over,” said the teen, Luca Rozany, who arrived at Zucotti Park after riding 12 hours with his grandfather and best childhood pal from their home in Asheville, NC.

The boy said they thought about leaving — but because of the cops, not the junkies.

That’s interesting.  Judging from their recruitment site, Parents for Occupy Wall Street is hugely concerned with safety.  They claim that they create a family only area, and do hourly head counts with… police.  I don’t question the need to sequester the kids –although they’ll no doubt see enough x-rated activity even when all precautions are in place — but I find it odd that Occupy parents run to NYPD for help.

Luca showed off his arm, where a friend’s cellphone number and a Legal Aid number — in case he needs a a lawyer — were scrawled with permanent marker.

“He’s learning life lessons,’’ said his grandfather, 73, who goes by the name Weezel.

Life lessons, like how to pick open handcuffs.

Occupy child abuse

Me, I want my children to manage their finances and know what kind of people to avoid.

“His mother is an activist; his grandparents are activists. His grandmother has been arrested many times. He’s well equipped to deal with this.”

I’m rooting for little Luca to rebel against his family’s fanaticism.

The elderly protester drove Luca and Mikah Peneghar, also 13, in a pickup loaded with produce donated by farmers near Asheville, where Luca’s mom runs a vegan restaurant.

Luca’s mom regularly goes to protests and other activist activities with her family, Weezel said, including to a months-long stint in Nicaragua last winter to teach the kids about hardship.

“My mom thought we were becoming typical middle-class, spoiled children,” Luca said. “We went down there to get a culture shock.”

For a true culture shock try spaghetti with meatballs.  Or visit Taxes.

Abe Karl-Gruswitz, 34, of Essex County in New Jersey, and his daughter, Beatrice, 6, also stayed overnight at the park Saturday.

“She was the one who wanted to do it,” Karl-Gruswitz said. “She knew what was going on here. It’s like a big party.”

Stay-at-home dad Karl-Gruswitz, whose wife’s accounting job brings home the bacon, doesn’t fear for his daughter — but said if he did, ”it wouldn’t be the people I’d be concerned about; it’d be the police.”

Well, the organizers beg to differ.

Beatrice, with a cute brown bob and a toothy grin, had no complaints about her time on the sidewalk — except that “it was hard to get to sleep because my dad was talking too much.”

See, she’s the one who wanted to do it, but its her dad who was so exited, he wouldn’t shut up.

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Abe Karl-Gruswitz and daughter spend a memorable night inhaling excrement at Zuccotti Park.

I’m going to say this young lady is camera shy… or else she’s a product of public school education:

“Let’s go see the drums!” says Mary Salen, who came up from her home in Pennsylvania along with her husband and five of her nine—count em—nine children. The youngest, Izzy, 6, was splayed on her shoulders. Ellie, 12, carried a sign touting women’s rights. Asked what concerned her about women’s rights, she replied, “I don’t want them taken away.”

Either way, if I were Mary’s mom, I’d feel awful about embarrassing her.  While the girl’s statement was not bad for an Occupier, a 12-year-old should be able to form a few coherent sentences about her pet cause.

During Columbus day family sleepover 50 parents with children showed up at Zuccotti Park.  Plenty of opportunities to get your baby photographed against the background of two lunatic statements, at least one of them held by a racist.

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I wrote about this photo before.

Occupy parents understand childhood development:

Another member of the group, Abigail Kramer, came with her 4-year-old son, Dyami. “This was a chance for my son to see that people still have hope to create something better,” she said. “The system was broken with duplicity and there’s a huge lack of accountability. The liberal left didn’t have a voice and that was unbearable.”

I’m sorry to bring it to you Ms. Kramer, your 4-year-old doesn’t understand abstract concepts like “hope to create something better,”but he does get “poop” and “stinks”.   My 4-year-old cries when she doesn’t like the smell.  You can relax, though: grown ups like me can’t understand your “hope to create something better” either, and we’ve had a liberal left President for 3 years now.

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No he doesn't.

The “brain” behind Occupy family sleepovers is a woman named Kirby Desmarais.  Kirby, who runs Parents for Occupy Wall Street and poses with her 18-months-old for the media, got glowing reviews from a mainstream sites like The Stir and Forbes.

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Babies and toddlers don’t need much, but one thing they do need is consistent routine and a regular bedtime.  So who will squat with an 18-months-old next to a drum circle?  Probably an anarchist hipster parent who never prioritized a routine to start with.  I went to Desmarais’s blog to find this love letter:

Baby G,

Your sleep schedule has always been crazy, you really sleep and wake when you please so we really never know what our nights are going to look like.

Desmarais is a noted co-sleeper, or somebody who sleeps with both her husband and her children in the same bed.  Co-sleeping has been a hot topic in parenting for a few decades, and Demariases was quoted on several wealthy hipster mom sites.  These lovely pictures of her 6-months-old illustrate her blog:

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Non-share-right picture removed by request of the owner.

To prevent SIDS parents are advised to put their babies on their backs and remove all pillows and padding from the cribs.  Many moms worry themselves silly once babies start rolling on their tummies — and we shouldn’t.  But 99% of American mothers would cringe when they see these pictures.

To maintain a stable routine parents need to adjust to their babies’ needs.  Not this one.  Desmarais drags her baby to shows and lets bands sleep over at her house.  In fact, she is trying hard to be a non-mainstream, proudly proclaiming on her blog:

I’m Kirby. He is Mark. She is Georgiah. And we’re the least traditional family you’ve ever met.

I dunno, Kirby.  I’ve been around the block a few times.  You are an ordinary crusty chick.

From FAQs:

Are you and Mark Married? Did you plan G?

Strange, nobody ever asks me those kinds of questions.

Evidently, Desmarais, who’s been estranged from her birth family for many years, gave birth at home with only a doula for a medical practitioner.  If a doula can be counted as a medical practitioner.  Doulas are neither licensed nor qualified to deliver babies.  Their job is to comfort the laboring mother, not to identify and handle complications which may arise.  Lucky for Desmarais, she had a quick precipitous birth, which, she says, was “magical”.  Homebirth hippies and Hollywood celebs always have “magical” births.  Because they are better than you and me, the unwashed (or washed?) 99%.

Desmarais says she can’t afford health insurance for her kid, who, I gather, has a per-existing condition.  She runs a record label, and, she says, her husband works two jobs.  I happen to know parents who run record labels, and they are all gainfully employed.
It’s pretty amazing that mother of a child with a pre-existing condition doesn’t make it a priority to get health insurance.  Desmarais needs to trim her ego and get a real job.  Or use some feminine charm and get her husband to provide for the family.  These days Starbucks offers health insurance, but getting a job there, again, would require some ego trimming and quitting at your cool coffee shop.  In other words, the couple has to rethink their lifestyle and forgo the dreams of rock-n-roll glory.
Although I’m sure she loves baby G in her own way, Desmarais is a far cry from conscientious mom who cares about her daughter’s future.  She’s a selfish woman who values her status above her child.  She went to Zuccotti Park to meet other hippies and for future bragging rights, not out of concern for baby G’s well-being.
Parenting is a task for grown ups, for independent and self-sufficient people who can provide stability and security for their kids.  Occupy parents use kids as props to demand conditions under which they will never need to grow up because Big Government will provide for them.
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Another one of them willing participants. Save his future, call child protective services.

UPDATE: A man arrested at Occupy Seattle for flashing children (h/t Big Government).

UPDATE: Linked by Legal Insurrection — Wow!  Many thanks to Professor Jacobson.

UPDATE: Drunk 11-year-old at Occupy Missoula.


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