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Should Parenting Require Education, Licensing Like Driving?

The news is filled with stories of parenting gone awry — this is just the most recent story that grabbed my attention. A school in Oregon has just had to send a letter home to parents asking them not to allow their children to drink energy drinks (Red Bull, Rock Star and the like) at school!

The teachers say they've seen kids drink as many as five cans of the potent elixer per day resulting in, as you can imagine, unruly behavior, caffeine crashes, and addled attention-spans.

If we're to the point where a school has to dictate to parents how to provide proper food and drink to their children, should we be offering and requiring education before people become parents? Before someone is charged with caring for a life — which is arguable akin in responsibility to driving a car — should we require similar levels of education and testing? Would a government-issued license to dad (or mom) help give kids a better start?


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MaraJade06014 MaraJade06014 9 years
I think that it makes 100% sense. I am going to school to be a teacher, and some of the things that I see have been so shocking! I've seen 5 year olds who have to get themselves up, get themselves dressed and get to the bus... all by themselves! No parental supervision AT ALL! I know that some parents just don't know what to do and don't know where to turn for help. I think that manditory parenting classes would help them. They would also be an eye opener, even for parents who think they are prepared. Information is power, and the more a parent has in their toolbox the better
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
it just goes to show that dumbasses shouldn't breed. it's not a basic human right when you're destroying civilization with idiot asshole children you didn't raise right.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Well, the adoption thing is where they CAN control. It would be irresponsible and on the consciences of the adoption agencies and services if something happened to the child.
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
Idiocracy the movie will do a good job of explaining this phenomenon that society seems to be dumbing down....yikes! I took a parenting course in psychology this semester and we talked about whether or not parents should have to be licensed. Although it would be a great idea that no one could have children unless they passed a certain certification it is an invasion of privacy and the government should never have that much control over our lives. Although I do think it is odd how much a person has to go through in order to adopt a child but that a parent having a child naturally doesn't have to do anything. I just don't understand why people that don't want/can't afford/don't know how to deal with children have them. I understand that there are accidents, but there is always adoption and if you don't want a child or can't afford a child then why keep it? I'm sure a lot of people are going to bash me for this, but I'm just thinking for the child's sake.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Education is always good--but what would be the recourse for noncompliance?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
I just remember feeling completely unprepared after our daughter was born. Nothing can really prepare you for that. TV and movies, and other people really, make it seem like it is amazing and wonderful all the time, you are tired, but so happy. Ack, it wasn't like that at all. Jude had colic for six weeks and it was horrible. We were exhausted. I remember sitting on the bed crying because I couldn't get her to stop crying. Then, one day it just changed, it was like heaven on earth. We took classes, we read all the books, but the reality of the situation took us by suprise. I think if, starting in school, we taught our kids the truth about things, not the sugar coated, tra la la life is beautiful allthe time crap, things could be different. Kids think that true love is passion all the time and nothing but ooey gooey sappiness. They think that babies are born looking like three month olds and cooing at you. etc. It's late and I am ranting a bit. And on pain medication, so I am not sure this makes sense. Sorry.
brookrene brookrene 9 years
I think people should have to be educated extensively before having kids, then there wouldn't be so many eeediots in the country. Thankfully, i wont be having any!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I know Dave. I agree A class would be good thing to OFFER, or have available. Not mandated though. I don't agree with any gov't mandating personal lives things.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
THat's why we need the class. So that people have the opportunity to learn how to be good parents.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
LOL! Oh, I'm sorry Steph. That's awful. If it's any consolation. Mine used to just leave me places. He's be so drunk he'd forget that I was with him or forget to pick me up. Have you seen Dave Chappell? Do you like him? He did a skit about a baby on the corner selling dope. You made me think of that and it sounds terrible here but it was so funny.
stephley stephley 9 years
Geez, my kid would be sitting on a streetcorner juggling knives if I used my dad as a role model.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Well then what if they weren't great?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'm betting that most people care a great deal about their kids. That's not the issue though. Loving your kids isn't enough. You have to be able to be the parent you thought your parents were, to your kids.(I say that hoping your parents were great)
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I agree Harmony!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
NOw I'm thinking of this comedian, Lucky Louie. He was talking about people who make judgements on other people scolding their kids etc. He said, "they have no idea w.t.f they are talking about! When I see a parent with some kid crying or yelling, I think, Oh, my god! Look what that kid is doing to that woman!"
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I would venture a guess that most of the commenters on these threads are good parents. You are all passionate, intelligent, and you care about what happens in the world. We may disagree on things, but I would say we all have those three attributes. Those are important things to pass on. I'm sure you're a great mom Steph and I think it's awesome that you adopted.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I totally screwed up some sentences. I meant I do things with my son that I should have done with my daughter but didn't.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I don't think anyone is super mom or dad. I think about all the mistakes I made with my daughter, even having her at 26. With my son, there are a lot of things I should have done with my daughter. However, there are times I give in too easy with my son because I'm tired. :shrug: I don't think most parents should beat themselves up over parenting. It's the hardest and most challenging thing ever. It's also the most rewarding, and the best thing ever. NO matter what I accomplish in my life. There is no greater thing that I will ever do. I think that of all parents-who aren't what I think we would all agree on what is bad. Otherwise, everyone makes mistakes.
stephley stephley 9 years
I took the class, I studied a bit of child psychology and took adoption classes and still got locked into power struggles with a 3-year old that pre-Mom me never would have believed I'd be stupid enough to try. I thought I'd be a better parent, more patient - most days I feel I'm okay but definitely not Super Mom.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
5 comments of just me?! I here just spouting off to myself. blah blah blah
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Well, when I was in highschool I did do the parenting and teaching class. I didn't have a child. It was just a class offered to students for various reasons. It was a great class and I learned a lot. I learned a lot though too in college with my second pysch class. I can't remember now what it was called. :ponder: Another thing! Before I had my daughter. I did like children, but I don't think people would have thought of me as a good parent when I was younger. Even I didn't think I would have been a good parent. However, when I had my daughter, the world did a complete spin. NOthing matter more than her. I mean that, before her I was very self centered and selfish. :oops: A little self exposure there. Be gentle! :scared: But, my point is that even if there were some sort of test. It could be terrribley wrong. NOt to mention as other have said, people have great ideas of what they would and would not do but when the kid is there a lot of times it goes out the window.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
After awhile I started skimming the comments so if I screw something up, :oops: sorry. Steph, congratualions on getting your child. What you said about all that you had to do made me think about why people go to other countries to adopt. Then, I think Lady said about what I wanted to say. Then, Cine mentioned the classes offered everywhere...I have nothing to contribute.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
LOL! Dave, I know that joke! 77 That's a funny one. :rotfl: No, I'm not already up to 77, I'm going backwards.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
oh yeah, now I remember! I don't think there's any harm in schools reporting the problems they are having and making suggestions to parents or saying, "hey we don't like this (whatever that is) at the school." Then, if whatever it is the parents think is ridiculous or not they can discuss it. I think that seems resonable. :shrug:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Well I'm going give my 2 cents. Then, I'll read the 82 comments. *deep breath* *sigh* Anyway, as I always say, keep the gov't out of your personal bizness! I do agree that some people shouldn't have kids, but we really don't want anyone handing out permission slips to parenting, that really is a dictating. It would be a great idea to have parenting classes at hospitals and schools, some do exist I know, but I don't think everywhere. I know I wanted to say something else but :ponder: I can't remember what! :?
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