If I wrote another book (no plans!) I might call it “Obsessive-Compulsive Nation.” Because in our desire to keep everyone safe from every possible danger, we are like OCD sufferers, who, according to Psychology Today:
…resort to repetitive behaviors called compulsions. The most common of these are checking and washing…. These behaviors generally are intended to ward off harm… Some people with OCD have regimented rituals: Performing things the same way each time may give the person with OCD some relief from anxiety, but it is only temporary..
Here’s Exhibit A of how we are demanding OCD instead of common sense. This list was sent in by reader Gina Bernbuam, who worked at a day care center in Arizona where, she said, these rules for diaper changing are mandated by state law:
.1. Wash the table with soap and water and then disinfect with bleach spray (BEFORE diaper change)2. Wash your hands with soap and water then put on gloves.3. Pick up child and put on table.4. Open diaper, wipe child (wet or poop), envelope diaper, wipe and gloves into glove. Throw away gloves.5. Wash your hands and put on new gloves6. Put fresh diaper on child7. Envelope gloves into each other, throw away.8. Wash your hands with soap and water; wash child’s hands with soap and water.9. Wash table with soap and water, disinfect table with bleach spray..Repeat for EVERY child.
Gina added a bunch more OCD-esque rules which I will share in another post, if you’d like. Then she wrote the few rules that SHE is adamant about:
–Locked pool fences–Bike helmets on big roads–Seatbelt/carseats–No drinking/texting/drugs and driving–Ask the owner before approaching a dog
Her list seems sound, sane and smart. And no enveloping of things into gloves, which sounds almost impossible. – L