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Should we have licenses to be a parent?
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Posted 1/16/08 , edited 1/16/08
I think it's a stupid idea. It's too controlling and wouldn't do anything for children. A test can't determine whether or not someone can be a good parent. It's not the same thing as driving. You're oversimplifying what parenthood is. Also, not all people plan on kids sometimes it just happens. So what are you going to do if they fail these tests of yours? Take the child away when it's born or maybe force the mother into having an abortion?

Edit: Have you ever read 1984?

I think you should *if you havent'* you might learn something about what comes from the government having too much control.
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Posted 1/16/08
well there ARE licenses for pet owners, since they require a certain level of responsibility and if its a human life you're talking about maybe yes?
give them aptitude tests then give extra care and maybe monitor progress of child's growth for the ones that don't fare too well? dunno D:

for the people born with down syndrome (etc) they have their "right" to reproduce taken away forcibly straight after birth as well, the public opinion being that they will not be able to raise the kids up properly and may not know what they might be doing that could result in that... and not to mention their offspring would be plagued with the hereditary disease and it continues... even though there are countless other harmful hereditary diseases that aren't treated in this manner.

there is already this "we think he/she will not be a good parent in the future, sterilize him/her" thing happening in the world...

so maybe we should either let everyone have a chance or have parent aptitude tests from like, junior high or something?! D:

dunno anyways just my 2 cents D:
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Posted 1/16/08
i'd say a bad idea if a written test because everything can't be passed by theory but if it's something like a practical test like what would u do if so an so happens etc. then i think a good idea but then everyone has the right to be parents but children in an orphanage who were traumatized from past experiences may like the idea cause then hopefully they know their in safe hands
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Posted 1/16/08
It kinda hard if your licensed as a parent at a early age (most likely 16) But still you have to overcome hardships anyways. And mostly depends on how caring the parent should be....but i think they should get tests before having the right to handle a child.
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Posted 1/31/08
I've often wondered about this.

I absolutely detest the widespread belief that parents should be able to raise their children however they want, as if children are objects and cannot be harmed or become prejudiced because of their upbringing. We are at a point in our understanding where it is clear that environment and the first few years of a child's life are extremely important in development.

Now, generally I'm all for individual rights and not letting the government or any other institution have too much control, but this is different because it concerns people (parents) who are controlling others (children) themselves. Is there a need for it to some extent? Of course, for very obvious reasons. But we tend to ignore this aspect of human life, and I think it needs a considerable amount of attention.

All of that said, I have no idea how we'd go about testing or setting up standards by which children could be raised... at least no idea that is acceptable to the mind of one who values freedom.
Posted 1/31/08
Yes, these way teenagers will not have unprotected sex and divorce rate will be low. Population can be controlled. Also, there will less babies being dumped in dumpsters and less children kn orphanages and lower crime rate.
Posted 1/31/08
no. passing a stupid test doesn't gaurantee anything.
Posted 1/31/08
You might as well say, take the parent test first before having sex,. Are "you" prepared for it? And not taking the test after he/she has became a parent. Get it? This would probably aviod mistakes afterwards.
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Posted 1/31/08
exactly, a license wont do any good, people who wouldnt 'pass' will just find a way around it anyways. it's just waste time and money

besides, what if you have an 'oops' child. what you're supposed to have it taken from you because you dont have a license.
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30 / M / Melbourne
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Posted 1/31/08
might aswell add we should get a licence to have sex.
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Posted 1/31/08
yes and no

no because a test cant tell u if ur going to be a good parent or a bad parent

yes because it probably could control the way teenagers these days (violence, sex) and probably less parents would throw away their child
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28 / F / Michigan, USA
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Posted 1/31/08
I think having a license to be a parent is kind of good idea. Like someone said it doesn't make any guarantees, but it might prevent the worst from happening. I don't think it's wrong to require someone to take classes, and learn at least the basic parts of practical parenting, like feeding, hygiene, nutrition, and things not to do like "Don't leave your child in the car alone." The law should be something along the lines of... if you are planning to be a parent you must take these classes and pass, if you are already pregnant/have impregnated some else and have not obtained a license, you MUST complete the courses before the child is born or you will NOT be allowed to leave the hospital. I put pregnant/impregnated someone else because the father should be required to take these classes too. If the father doesn't take these classes, then he will be forfeiting his custody/visitation rights. It'd be the same thing as they have now where they don't let the mother leave the hospital with the baby until they see the child is put into a car seat, only more strict.
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Posted 1/31/08
if there is a license to become a parent, most people will break the rule
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76 / M / Florida, US
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Posted 1/31/08
I think it sounds like a good idea. People don't have enough information and training to raise a child. A problem is that people who are financially burdened might not have the time nor money (if it charges at all since I have no idea how much it will affect gov. budget) to take the class. But, I guess it is a way of saying that you're not in a financial/comfort status to properly take care of a child yet in a logical sense.

The 2 major problems I see in this (aside from people objecting) is:

1) You can't can't keep track of who is having sex and who is giving birth since both are pretty natural things you can do with 2 people. What are the punishments if they do give birth without a license? Is it right to take the child away (the parents might end up being great parents) and make them an orphan? Do you kill the child? If you send the parent(s) to jail or charge them a fine, aren't you merely making it harder on the child while you made the law to make it better for children anyway?

2) The problem about child raising in the country isn't information. It's finance, emotion, maturity, and psychology; Most issues is that the parent has emotional, maturity, psychological issues that the child has problems. Most people know about the basic dangers when raising a child. "Don't leave them alone in a locked car if they're a baby in the middle of summer." "Don't smoke crack when you have a child." "Don't hit your son in the face with a baseball bat." They're going to answer the right questions. Especially since there will be study-guides, etc after a while since millions of people will be taking it. But knowing it's against the law to do something to a kid doesn't mean a parent will not do it. Millions of parents use corporal punishment. I might too. But the US law says not to.
*Perhaps rather than a license, the government can provide benefits to those who take and pass this test. In order to promote more parental knowledge and information. However, this status (which should remain private) should not be the judge of who is a good parent. I can pass the test with a perfect score and abuse my children and let them wander the streets at night when they're 5.*
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32 / M / Philippines
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Posted 2/1/08
i dont really have any matters against a license exam to being a parent, or some requirements before being a parent...
but the questions comes... what if two people are parents by accident due to carelessness in sex?!
these people are parents already!

Being a parent starts with a relationship w/ someone. Turning into a parent is mostly by an instant. As some of the posters have said, why not have a license having sex first right?

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