Yes, parenting should require both a license and mandatory parenting courses.
Yes, parenting courses only.
Yes, license only.
No to either.
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I think that these courses and licenses should apply to those parents who wish to adopt, or become foster parents. Hopefully, this will help detour some of the worse foster parents. People who just want to do the horizontal shuffle and make a kid shouldn't have to though.
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I'd be happy if the government offered parenting classes at state expense, that would be nice.
Lets take it a step further Chemical Castration at birth! All people wishing to have children must take and pass a test to be deemed qualified for parenthood.
On a serious note, in my experience the majority of "bad" parents are the unwilling ones, where circumstances, read stupidity, lead to an unintended pregnancy and an unwanted child. Although my best friend was an "accident" and his mom is one of the best parents I've met.
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Nah you can't really demand that. And honestly i don't think it would change all that much.
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I think completion of a parenting course should be a requirement while going through the prenatal process. Just a 1 or 2 day course outlining big do's and don'ts, proper breastfeeding, time management, etc. If they avoid it, they get fined.
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Fuck no... I don't want kids but if for some crazy reason I did I sure as hell would not want someone telling me how to raise them. Having someone (who probably does not even HAVE kids) tell you that your way of raising your kids is wrong seems to be one of the biggest slaps in the face a person could receive.
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Sounds wrong to me, I don't think anyone should really teach you how to raise your own child. Though i do think that some parents could use it.
Like my mom for example.
I'm becoming a parent soon myself and i wouldn't really like it if someone told me what and how to do it when its not wanted.
There should be some basic course. I know we actually have something like that here in Denmark where they teach how to handle the kid, and when and what to feed your baby and stuff like that. This course should of course be free of charge.
Or what? We're going take their kids away and have a bunch of kids grow up in orphanages? Because that's such an awesome environment to be raised in.
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In reality it would be more of a course on how to deal with things like diapers, nutrition, how to childproof your house or simply what you need to create a child friendly environment.
These are skills you dont learn anywhere else.
It is a good idea, and it would make the parents so many times better, but people would still become parents, allowed or not
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There should be mandatory parenting courses, but they would be most effective if studied at school. Forcing adults to go on courses would be hard to enforce.
I think people need to move away from the mindset that considers having children to be a basic human right. Personally I believe having children should be considered a privilege for those people lucky enough to able to do so.