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Should parenting be taught by the government?


This article really got my gears turning. I think it would be a great discussion over coffee or hot chocolate, in my case.

I’m a firm believer that poor parenting is the major cause of many if not most of the problems in our society today. Whether parents are bad role models, they don’t care, they don’t set and enforce rules, or they spoil their children, better parenting would lead to better performance in schools, lower crime rates, and higher fiscal responsibility. If fewer people had credit card debt, there were fewer people in jail, and students did their homework, just think about how much better society would be.

I feel like I am blessed to have good parents. Wait a minute, let me correct that, GREAT parents. Am I perfect? Of course not, but I know they are a large reason why I am who I am. I believe they could raise any child to be a productive citizen in our society.

That doesn’t mean there’s a secret formula or some magic pill to great parenting. I’m sure my siblings and myself were all raised differently. The variables in raising children are constantly changing. The fact that I had no older siblings would make things different for me. Technology changes things. Society changes things. I’m still confident that they figured it out and made great parents regardless of the situation.

How did they know how? It sure wasn’t through some government subsidized class. As good as these intentions may be, somebody is a little too idealistic. The government has enough trouble running itself. And now they want to get into individual homes and try to run those? I can just imagine the expensive bureaucracy that would be created in such an endeavor. Besides the fact that it’s a complete invasion of our rights as people, it would just mean more wasted money and time.

And Chuck Norris is right. There are just as many rich parents who need help with parenting as there are poor ones. While there are many problems with low income neighborhoods, there are plenty of rich people who don’t know how to truly care for their children. Buying them stuff to make them happy is not the answer.

I can see it now.  “Parenting Police”  They walk through the mall, see an instance of poor parenting, and slap cuffs on the parents or write them a ticket.  Or they go door to door doing random inspections of parenting methods.  While better parenting would make things much better, I don’t think this is the solution.  The best experts on parenting are parents themselves. You don’t need a PhD in psychology to be a good parent.  How many parents want to admit that they aren’t good parents?  That would an interesting statistic. What if a parent thinks they are doing a great job?  Regardless of what anyone else thinks, should they be subject to the “Parenting Police”?

I don’t usually get caught up in political agendas and discussions.  They are fun to discuss but I’m not about to lose any sleep. I just found this one a little interesting. Feel free to make your own drop in the bucket….

August 11, 2009 at 9:47 PM Comments (3)

The phenomenon of “o’clock”

Has anyone ever wondered why we gravitate towards starting events at “something o’clock”?  If the day comes that I get married, do you think my future wife would have a fit if I wanted the ceremony to start at say 5:37?  Would it be terrible if everyone had to be at work by 7:09? Maybe it’s “easier” to start things at “o’clock”.  Maybe we’re just lazy to try and remember anything else.  Maybe TV shows start at “o’clock” to give them excuses for more commercials.  But remember when TBS started all their shows at :05.  They don’t do that anymore do they?

The funny thing is that the Super Bowl always starts at 6:18 or 6:23 or something, and they always find time for commercials.  They never have trouble selling spots either.  Granted, the Super Bowl for a football fan is a Christian’s Easter, but since when does the sun always rise or set at “o’clock”? Not that it really matters.  And it’s not that I’m complaining. Maybe it’s not a phenomenon after all.  I just wonder if this was just a “natural occurrence” or something that someone famous started one day and everyone just followed.  Or maybe there’s a more logical explanation.  Any ideas? I was just wondering……….

August 5, 2009 at 9:18 PM Comments (0)