Most of people in this country makes so much excuses about anything. The way children should be brought up, parenting, government can never hurt it's own citizen (wake up and smell the bacon), it's for our own safety (bull), they know better than us(yea...in what way?) and so on.
Instead of listening to other people on what is good for your own family, stop them and tell them it's your life and butt out of it. Live your life the way you want, we live in a free country, don't we? Yea, that depends on who you ask.
Stop depending on anyone and start depending on yourself. Wake up! We don't live in the land of milk and honey anymore. Widen your perspective about anything. There is always the other side of the story, study it, listen to it and see for yourself who really make sense.
Stop making excuses.