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Default How should society support Parents in raising children? – 12-18-2008, 10:53 AM

I often here phrases like"the children are our future"thrown about, and whilst it may well be true, it is also true that we, individually and collectively create their future.How should we collectively do that?Childcare?Public Education?.Health care provision?What are your views on what support society should provide to parents raising children?
   
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Default 12-20-2008, 02:31 AM

Health care and child care are fundamental services that everyone deserves; therefore, they shouldn’t always expect people to be able to afford it alone. The reality is, that’s just not happening.Furthermore, workplaces ought to have on-site day care facilities for employees with young children.
   
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Default 12-22-2008, 01:43 PM

First of all before we decide on what to do about the options you have provided for us; we should establish strong connections with our children; let them know we are behind them 100%, which means we give them full respect. A lot of parents fail at this miserably. They must know that when they havea problem that we, the parents are going to drop everything and go to their aide. They must know how important and cherished that they are.We are society and society is us.
   
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Default 12-26-2008, 03:43 PM

Families should have huge tax relief so one of the parents can stay at home to nurture and care for the children before they go to school.Families should be given education and support in this area.Young girls who are pregnant and wanting to raise children alone should be educated, supported and nurtured through this process.Children’s first years are the most important in development and learning values, of self and others.This should be understood completely by governments and agencies would help support these brave woman.Information should be available regarding sex education for all children aged from 10 yrs old relative to their age.This needs to be taught by well informed people, who have a real understanding about the"pressures"young people feel they have in this area.A positive environment is needed in regards to parenting whether the child is being raised by one parent, two parents or the whole village.A great question
   
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Default 12-28-2008, 09:45 AM

Awareness, patience and understanding will work wonders. Whenever I take my children out somewhere, I expect them to behave and to remember their manners and be courteous to everyone they meet. Most people are great, but it would also be nice when one of my sons steps aside to let a grown-up go through a doorway first, that the person remembers their manners as well and not treat my children as being invisible.I often see people charging around, bumping into my kids as if they are invisible and have no feelings, and sometimes my children are hurt, but the person never apologises. What kind of example are grown-ups showing children, when they can’t return courtesy?With public education, I do admire the job that teachers do, but I have observed alot of anger and yelling from a few teachers, they do become frustrated and I feel that there should be more teacher’s aids available to help ease the burden. I help out in my son’s classroom.The answer guy, when children grow up to become adults, they will be the ones paying the taxes for both our generation and the next, so all children should be not only taught, but respected as our future.
   
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Default 01-20-2009, 01:37 PM

Well, I tend to agree with the philosophy of"it takes a village"to raise a child. We all have to separate our prejudices about the parents (who are on welfare, who are academically bereft, or whatever) and focus on the children. In order to do that, there must be support from day 1. So, pregnant mothers should have adequate food and shelter and proper pre-natal care. That would be resolved through a national health care policy in the US. When they’re born, children should receive those same things…food, shelter and adequate child care. For the poor, none of these things are easy. Sometimes, it’s a choice between feeding a child and paying rent. People who think others living on assistance are living in luxury are sorely mistaken. The judgment has to stop–it doesn’t matter what led to the child being born (single parenthood, states of poverty, or whatever) the fact is, that child exists and deserves to be taken care of like any other child. A national childcare program would help women to get to school and/or work in order to improve the lives of their own children. It is my view, in having worked with the underprivileged, that they want the same things for their children that anyone does, and it is extremely difficult for them to hold their heads up when the world is stigmatizing them for having the courage to bear those children instead of aborting them. Society cannot have it both ways: criticize women for aborting, and criticizing them for being single parents. They had those kids–maybe they were misguided in doing so, but that does not change the fact that those children are alive and breathing and deserve to be treated with respect. When that doesn’t happen, those frustrated, hungry little children turn into frustrated angry adults…and that’s when the results of our lack of concern affect the rest of us directly. Children are our future. The solution to this problem is to stop judging people and focus on those innocent children. Policies such as adequate social assistance, national childcare and healthcare policies, and equal access to educational opportunites will go a long way toward creating healthy adults. Prevention is the best cure.
   
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Default 02-09-2009, 06:31 PM

We (the US) already have public education. I’d leave it the same, but add vouchers.And we already have medicaid for the children of poor people. I suggest we force rich people to buy health insurance for their kids (like they do in Massachusetts), and force people to make sure their kids are taken care of. And if they don’t, we should take their kids away from them.
   
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The biggest thing we can do for our children is to recognize Maslows Hierarchy of needs as it pertains to noncustodial parents .I think we should consider noncustodial parents much like a semi-renewable energy source .Like tree’s in a forrest . If we underharvest kids go hungry . If we overharvest noncustodial parents then we have circumstances where we want the noncustodial parent to be altrusitic , spiritual and a grand thinker all the while not being sure if he has the funds to get through to next week .Noncustodial parents often feel like a worn out clutch on a pick up truck that has to soldier on . If we can enrich a noncustodial parents life in small cost effective ways the positive payback would be enormous.
   
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Default 07-02-2009, 10:16 AM

I really don’t feel it society’s responsibility to give any body anything. If we bring these children into this world we should be held countable for them and pay their way as they grow until they can pay their own way.We do pay taxes so with those the programs should come from to assist people who are having trouble.
   
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Default 07-06-2009, 10:18 AM

I am really starting to have doubts that society should support the raising of children as such. Mostly because we (that’s central Europeans in my case) currently live in a society where the need to support raising children is rapidly attaining Mutterkreuz proportions.Which is, as and of itself, conclusive proof that we’re not just heading in the wrong direction, we’re already completely and utterly lost on entirely the wrong continent.What we need is a full swerve, attain a society where parents have the impression that they can raise children of their own volition and power and still offer these children a future.Yes, that would require means of directing coporate profits into the pockets of workers rather than managers and shareholders; it would require massively reforming social security systems; and you know as well as i that that is not going to happen.I say: Cut the welfare cheques and start handing out Mutterkreuze. Maybe then we the people will see the need to rise up against the society we live in.
   
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