Just another day I'm glad to not have any kids. From the Boston Herald: They’re watching you right now. They counted every beer you drank during last night’s baseball game. They see you sneaking out to the garage for a smoke. They know if you’ve got a gun, and where you keep it. They’re your kids, and they’re the National Security Agency of the Nanny State. I found this out after my 13-year-old daughter’s annual checkup. Her pediatrician grilled her about alcohol and drug abuse. Not my daughter’s boozing. Mine. “The doctor wanted to know how much you and mom drink, and if I think it’s too much,” my daughter told us afterward, rolling her eyes in that exasperated 13-year-old way. “She asked if you two did drugs, or if there are drugs in the house.” “What!” I yelped. “Who told her about my stasher, I mean, ‘It’s an outrage!’ ” I turned to my wife. “You took her to the doctor. Why didn’t you say something?” She couldn’t, she told me, because she knew nothing about it. All these questions were asked in private, without my wife’s knowledge or consent. “The doctor wanted to know how we get along,” my daughter continued. Then she paused. “And if, well, Daddy, if you made me feel uncomfortable.” Great. I send my daughter to the pediatrician to find out if she’s fit to play lacrosse, and the doctor spends her time trying to find out if her mom and I are drunk, drug-addicted sex criminals. We’re not alone, either. Thanks to guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by the commonwealth, doctors across Massachusetts are interrogating our kids about mom and dad’s “bad” behavior. We used to be proud parents. Now, thanks to the AAP, we’re “persons of interest.” The paranoia over parents is so strong that the AAP encourages doctors to ignore “legal barriers and deference to parental involvement” and shake the children down for all the inside information they can get. Read the whole thing http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view.bg?articleid=1035832 Something that really steamed me while reading an editorial about this. The writer said that one problem was "what if the child reports the presence of a gun and it's just a water gun instead of a real reportable firearm" Since when does a parent owning a firearm become something "reportable" that the American Academy of Pediatrics needs to know about!! George Orwell was such a prophet.