Should We Need a License to Be a Parent?
Parenting has always been said to be one of the most basic instincts of the human race. This particular stage in a person’s life imposes great responsibilities and requires the learning of new skills to ensure that the child grows up in a stable, loving environment and gets on the right track in life. Unfortunately, in this day and age, there are many young people who are having children that are not emotionally, mentally or financially stable enough to support a child. This has brought on a much heated debate of whether or not a person should require a license to become a parent. Katherine Covell and Brian Howe, the directors of the Children’s Rights Centre at the University College of Cape Breton, are both strong advocates of this parental certification. However, it seems to be quite difficult to implement this law since procreating is a natural biological event in life that should not be monitored by the government.
The licence would require that before becoming parents, one would be obligated to complete high school, pass a certified course on infant development and continue to take courses throughout the child’s life. The main drawback with this is the enforcement of the rules after issuing the licences and determining the penalties for any breach. The government cannot possibly keep tabs on the behavior of all who have been issued a licence. Favole agrees with this stating, “Neglect and abuse could still happen, even with a license. There is no guarantee against future human error” (Favole, 2010). Another factor is that not one person will ever be able to master the form of parenting because there isn’t ONE way to do it. The environment and background of a person drastically influences the way they will parent their children. The only way the government can somewhat help the reduction of child abuse and neglect would be by implementing parenting programs for all who want to become parents as well as relying on...
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