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Should Parenting Require a License?

The momentum is growing and so is the lingo. Parents are being labelled as to their parenting style. Terms such as “drill sergeant”, “helicopter”, “pampering” and the latest “snowplow”, are all used to describe how parents negotiate the parenting issues that they face. This very difficult task comes to adults who are more often than not, totally unprepared for the task ahead of them. Where is the official document that says you are allowed to parent? I love getting a piece of paper that says I have mastered a particular activity. When I was 16, the first license to occupy my wallet was a driver’s license. The open highways before me and the freedom it brought were exhilarating. A few million miles later, I still love the feel of getting behind the wheel. I later upgraded to a school bus license to engage myself in a new field of road travel. I wrote the test for a boat license then moved on to a gun license, which gave me access to a hunting license. I added a fishing license and when I couldn’t catch any fish, I obtained my scuba license so I could check the fish out up close and personal.

I studied to write my “Being a Dad “license and realized there is no such thing. How could that be? One of the toughest activities on this planet is being a father (or mother), and yet there are no licenses to say you passed the course, or aced the exam or even qualified to raise a human being.  "Read More"


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