Yes that was the sound of my brain falling out of my ear in disbelief at the recent news that our Prime Minister, David Cameron, wants all families to enrol in state-backed parenting classes so that they can glean parenting tips about how to raise their children properly.
I know I am a little late in getting this post out…please do excuse me but I was busy….PARENTING (which, eherm, obviously comes first before writing my parenting blog)!
So what exactly is my beef with this? Gosh…how long have you got? I’ll try to keep this parenting blog rant short and to the point starting with…
WHAT HAS THE WORLD COME TO???
Call me old fashioned but seriously, being a parent is supposed to be instinctive. Nobody really knows what they are doing, but all it takes is some COMMON SENSE and learning by trial and error along the way, along with a general GOOD ATTITUDE.
We all know that reading MOST books (not all, because there are a few I have read I would set apart from that) does very little to help us in our parenthood mission. What are classes going to do? If people can’t be bothered to have the sense to try and make an effort in working out how best to parent, is a class really going to give them that golden epiphany moment they need?
On top of that, when did the world become such a sad and messed up place that parents need to be incentivised to even attend a parenting class in the first place through a voucher system? That parenting advice needed a little sprucing up so that it was deemed to be “socially normal”. Errrr excuse me did I miss something but when did parenting advice become socially abnormal? Even in the most deprived parts of the world it is the most normal thing in the world.
Excuse me, that was just me spitting my tea all over my laptop as I read that attending parenting classes should be made to be aspirational. WHAT IS THIS FOLLY? Aspirational? Learning how to parent your children well should not be an aspiration, like some sort of career you hope to be able to attain on day – it should be a given that you strive towards.
I say that if we are now having to entice parents to classes to learn to how to parent their children, then you might as well be done with it and start handing out licenses to people who are only worthy of parenting, before they can be one. Probably just as well I have nothing to do with Parliament then.
What do you think about the proposals? Are you for…or against?