Should people be required to obtain a parenting license in order to have a child?

  • Absolutely they should!

    Taking care of a child is a huge responsibility. We get licenses to drive, to use a gun, and for god sake, to fish even. So why shouldn't one get a license before having a child? To me, the process of getting a license not only makes one accountable but it also makes one think about what they are getting into. If they want it bad enough, why not go through the paces?

  • It's a big deal.

    I'm not saying people should be charged for a license, but in order to raise a kid they need to be qualified. It would help the problem of over population as well as making sure kids don't wind up being the headline images of an abuse article. It does sound kind of tyrannical saying you need a license to make a baby, but I really think it would work out well. It could really put into perspective the magnitude being a parent carries.

  • Children are precious

    Children are our leaders of the future and should be treated with the up-most care.
    I personally believe that as a nation it is our duty to help these underprivileged kids. Also, if you take children from the law breakers you break that chain of criminal acts that are passed down from the parents to the kids. "Like father, like son".

  • Sustainability Suitability Safety

    Firstly please understand that human beings are NOT in short supply in the world.
    There are a vast amount of people in the U.K. Who are unemployed and who have more than 1 child.
    These people are taking money out of the working populace's pocket to pay for these children.
    If there was a law passed that ensured that you needed a licence to have children then the number of children who are abused, sexually, mentally, physically and those who are simply not being brought up correctly.
    Having more than 2 children in today's world is not necessary as we are not in threat of becoming extinct any more and instead what we do it drain our natural resources further and spread like a virus across the planet until life becomes unbearable and hunger and war escalates and then perhaps we WILL become extinct.

  • What's the harm?

    If you have even the slightest clue about how to maintain a fellow human's life, it shouldn't be a hard thing to prove. A lot of thought and hard work ought to go into having a baby, and adding a permit/license doesn't seem like much to ask. I understand that cases of abuse or neglect are in the minority, but it's not really an inconvenience for the rest of us, so I don't see what the harm is. A lot of people say it's a right, straight up: well what happens when you can't handle the responsibilities that go with your rights? You lose those rights, of course, because that's what you deserve. It's just a more preventative approach than taking children away after years of mistreatment. It would also help with population control, that sounds a little insensitive but goddamn it's true.

    As for children being unexpected? Of course we are - I was an accident, myself. But in order to keep your child you should be expected to know how to take care of it. It would be impractical and ineffective to ask people to apply for permits before they've even tried toward it, but maybe you don't need a license to get pregnant so much as to remain pregnant, or to keep the child afterwards.

  • Parenting is in fact, A learned skill, And not a "natural human ability".

    Nor are you entitled to become a parent either. Having a family is a privilege, And not a right. And like all privileges, If you abuse it, Then it will be revoked. Or at least it should be.

    The fact of the matter is parenting is a skill; this means that you can either be great at it or absolutely terrible at it. There is a right and wrong way to be a parent, Just like there is a right and wrong way to drive a car, Play a sport, Or do a calculus problem. What do all of these things have in common? They're skills, And by definition of "skill", These are things that you need to learn, Since you are not born with the magical ability to do them. If you were, Then they wouldn't be called skills, And everyone would be good at them. In other words, Nobody would ever get into an auto accident, All sports ever played would always end in a tie, And nobody would struggle with mathematics.

    Parenting (well, Effective parenting) is a skill no different than the three mentioned above, In terms of the principle that you do need to learn how to be an effective parent. And while there may be a multitude of ways to do it, Is it really a coincidence that only a few out of all of them yield optimal results? No. Just like there are many ways to wire a house, But is it only a mere coincidence that there are only a few ways to do it such that it won't result in your house burning down due to an electrical fire? The answer is no.

    I've noticed that a lot of the arguments against the parenting license over to the right of the page either reek of entitlement, Commit the naturalistic fallacy that the skill of parenting is somehow a "natural human ability", Or both. Some of them could be terrible parents themselves, With huge egos, And the last thing they want to think is that they're doing a terrible job at it. However, Saying you're doing a good job at being a parent, Doesn't mean you actually are.

    The purpose of the parenting license is to certify an individual (prospective parents) or organization (foster homes, Etc. ) as having the ability to parent. As demonstrated by all of the cases of child abuse, Child neglect, And outright clueless parents resulting in criminal charges, Parenting licenses are clearly a necessary evil. People clearly need to be taught how to be parents. And anyone saying that this "violates freedom" or some nonsense to that effect, Has an extremely broken idea of "freedom". Ref. 74 seems to suffer from this mentality.

  • Good parents for good kids

    Some parents are mean to their children. Others don’t care. Others just don’t know how too. Others care properly. But the bad ones need to be taken care of. We could use practical tests to see who deserves a child and who doesn’t at all. We could just use licenses.

  • Parenting is not putting food in their mouth

    It involves a lot more such as teaching the children what is right and wrong. I've seen parents who psychologically guide their children to eat junk food as a better choice of food or mentally abuse their kids. I think all parents should report the progress of their children to the state and if they fail as a parent, The state should have the right to send the children to foster home.

    Current system only deem poor families unfit, But financial does not determine good or bad parenting. Poor people grow into good citizens and entrepreneur because of good parenting and the poor environment drives a person's creativity to make things better

  • They need them

    These people can be bad and they may not have the money to pay the bill and they can beat the kid and they can do even more so parents need licenses to have a kid but then if they don't have the money what will they to the kid.

  • They are failing the responsibilities.

    It doesn't matter if everything is through or everything is learned. This is the solution. It doesn't matter if it's not right. Who cares if it's ridiculous. There's that one page that says that anyone can be a parent, Have sex, Fertilized the egg, There's no license or age requirement, There we got it, But that doesn't mean it's true anymore. That doesn't mean that you can go right ahead and have sex, Unless you wear a condom to prevent pregnancy or see the doctor(s) to make sure it's okay for you to get pregnant. You can't just do this if you want to. Teen couples are the ones that made bad decisions because their dad says to have sex with somebody you're in a relationship with, It's wrong, Sex outside of marriage is wrong. You need to have a permit from your doctor in order to be allowed to have sex, Fertilized the egg, Then get a license to have a child or children. Parenting is a huge responsibility. Science has proved that children are bad for earth. Everyone should wait after you graduate from secondary or turn 18, Perhaps both to start being in a long term relationship.

  • Questions to Consider

    It sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? I have some questions for all of you to consider. If a women who is expecting a child refuses to take the mandatory classes, what will happen to her? Will she be arrested? Will the child be taken away after he/she is born? If this is the case, and the pregnancy was unwanted in the first place, what will stop her from having an abortion in order to to not have to deal with the mandatory classes? In what ways will this law for a license be enforced? If you take all the classes to become a parent, and you pass, is that all you have to do? Or do government workers continually have to check up on you and your new baby to make sure you are still being a 'fit' parent? Who decides who is an acceptable parent? Doesn't this law have the potential to become very corrupt? What if it STARTS with just a license? What if the government then decides that each household can only have two children? What if the government then decides WHEN each parent should have their children? Where does it stop? We must remember that the governments role is NOT to regulate and control and fix everything.

  • Parenting Is Learned

    Having children is what we are made for, and procreation is what keeps the human population growing. If we make licensing parents a requirement there will be no one qualified to parent, or to have children. Parenting is something you learn from experience, not from reading a book, taking a course, passing a test. Yes, these things can help, but you don't know how to be a parent until you are one.

  • Is this logical?

    Being able to licence a parent will necessitate a potentially large amount of money. As well as this the security will have to be very strict. With people out there wanting to cheat their lives may as well cheat the licence. I would like to see a model on how the licence will work and how it will be "cheat proof"

  • Parenting Licenses Are Ridiculous

    Just saying that I had to get a parenting license to have a kid sounds ridiculous. Most pregnancies are unexpected and charging people to have children is just crazy. Kids cost a lot, so its a little much to charge people for licenses associated with them. I could see parenting licenses for adopted kids being required, but that is where it stops.

  • No, people should not be required to obtain a parenting license in order to have a child

    People should not be required to obtain a parenting license in order to have a child. It obviously violates freedom of people. It is a bad idea because people should have the right to have babies and raise them. Obtaining a license would mean nothing and it would destroy the values and tradition of families.

  • Different definitions of good parenting.

    Once you give the government a right such as who can have children, is it a free country? When we let the government decide and make requirements and create a mold of what a "good" or "required" parent the government is pushing aside the fact that every person has a different definition, of what a "good" parent is. There is child abuse and neglect happening but that should not decide whether you can be a parent or not.

  • Pursuit Of Happiness

    I believe that it is unconstitutional to regulate having children being as, most every one who has children can actively enjoy their lives more and therefore that ties into where the constitution states "life, liberty and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" so in conclusion it potentially hinders the pursuit of happiness

  • Parenting?

    In today's world it would be logical because of the death rate of children by bad parenting and the increase of orphans. Sometimes you just want to revoke all people from being parents. But a parenting license is like telling society I don't trust you so you shouldn't even try.

  • It is just not right

    Problem that they created. As far as children just being raised in a poor family, they may not have money, but money and success are ultimately unimportant. These children will learn what really matters, and not what society thinks matters. If love for each other is all a family has, then don't take that away from them. The children will not be happy with money but only want their old parents back. If you really think this will make society better, then just look at China's system and see how bad things are there. Whenever government tries to make society better for everyone, it fails because people can only make themselves happy. Children are a gift from God or evolution (if you don't believe) Not from government. There is not forest, there are only trees similarly there is no society, only people. Peace Love Anarchy :)

  • Grow up America

    Children are not objects to put taxes on. I understand that some people who have kids are not able to handle them, but then they have options. Adoption is an option or they could grow up and face the challenge. I come from a country where people have from 2-21 kids and if you put a license on each one its a lot of money, and children are a lot of money alone without taxes. I think that if they could have sex then they could rise to the challenge and grow up, because honestly this country us going down and this whole population and child crisis we're having is not helping at all. America needs to grow up and stop trying to find the easy way out of everything.

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