New classes; The blame game

Hello! The next Camp Careful classes will be held on June 9th (Thursday) at First United Methodist Church in Waco.  The 3-6 year old class is at 2:15pm and the 7-14 year old class is at 3:00pm. There is another set of classes on June 13th (Monday) at 10:15am for the little kids and 11:00am for the big kids. This is the last round of classes for the summer, so be sure to sign up before all your kids’ summer camps and activities.

Hope to see you all soon! You can sign up for your next Camp Careful class with this link. For more information about the classes, click here.

A quick note about some recent news stories and Internet posts. Whether it’s the Baylor University news, Cincinnati Zoo gorilla story, local school field trip incident, or some other Facebook post you’re commenting on…remember there are oftentimes more than 2 sides to every story. There doesn’t always have to be someone to blame or maybe everyone had a part in it. Some people have bad intentions. Some people have good intentions. Sometimes accidents happen. Sometimes good people/kids make bad decisions, say things they don’t mean, lie, look the other way, do things by accident, get distracted from their kid for a minute, climb into gorilla exhibits, shoot gorillas to save a child, etc. I’ve said this before and I truly mean it: let’s not be quick to judge. When I post blogs about my own kids making mistakes, parents not recognizing abuse, parents not believing abuse outcries, teens making silly videos and posting on the Internet, or kids forgetting about their digital imprint, I hope people aren’t judging me/my kids/teens/other parents. I’m doing it to say, “Hey. Let’s all learn from this. Some people think this is fine. Some people don’t. Talk about it and decide where you stand.”

So let’s calm down with the “It’s Baylor’s fault. It’s Briles’ fault. It’s the victims’ faults. It’s the mom’s fault. It’s the school’s fault. It’s the kid’s fault. It’s the zoo’s fault. It’s Soo’s fault—she’s a helicopter mom. It’s those teen parents’ faults—they don’t care about their kids.” Maybe it’s a situation with lots of things to consider and a situation we can all learn from.

Thank you, and as always, empower your kids and stay safe!  Don’t forget to sign up for classes!

Soo Battle, M.D., F.A.A.P.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this website/blog is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the relationship that exists between you and your pediatrician or doctor. Please contact your doctor for medical advice and/or treatment recommendations specific to your child.



Dr. Soo Battle

Dr. Soo Battle is a board-certified, licensed pediatrician who works at the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children in Waco, Texas. She is the Children's Advocacy Center Medical Advisor and has been a trained child sexual abuse examiner since 2015.