Very interesting blog and subjuct about licensing parents.
The idea of parents or soon to be parents take parenting clases are a great idea to help with discipline problems and other parenting issues.
One thing that should be noted is that all want to be parents never have children because adoption is expensive and the red tape is terrible and some are incapable of having children because of medical or other reasons.
I as a parent have 2 children. I have 2 girls and they are both 12 and 16. When I was married and trying to have children we found that my husband had such low sperm count that the odds of having children was not with us. We chose invitro. We did not just wake up and decide to have children. Only after much thought and time did we feel we would make great parents. I even attended parenting classes and today when I have problems with my 16 year old I look for techniques and talk to other mothers and seek adivce when I am stumped.
I am currently remarried and my new husband can not have children either and loves both of the girls as his own.
Parenting is passed on from one generation to the next. How our parents raised us are pretty much what we use to raise our children. So having parenting support groups and classes for all age groups are great.
Now to FCB who stated that single childless people have always had to pay more taxes to support children. That is not always the case because a lot of people especially when I was single paid more in taxes and because of the income tax bracket I am in I pay more taxes and when my children are grown I will again pay more taxes. Yes, families use more resources but I pay for the use of my resources my family use. Do not forget that even single childless people were children and have parents.
Also, there is a lot of news about child neglect and abuse. There should be more news about the positive parents or parent. Only that type of new does not sell news papers and good parenting by newspaper not noteworthy.
As for hbs6580 you have very good points and really drive home the point about good parenting. Now, in my household we believe everything starts at home so if you want your children to grow up to be polite and well behaved than you must teach them. If children are not properly raised than as they grow up and do become adults than they will have problems.
Really instead of just blaming parents everyone should help when they can and parenting is a team effort.
The other thing over looked is there are lots of children in need of homes. Especially children over 12. Most parents want new borns so they can raise them. If adoption was made easier and placement of teenagers encouraged more than a lot more children would have a home and there would be less children homes
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