Something new – AVAAZ encourages individual campaigns now . I started one. Click the link and read the proposal, and if you like the idea vote for it.
Yes, it makes sense – put parents on the payroll – tied to the attendance of courses. Here some more thoughts as to why …
Family structures are changing for a variety of reasons. No use blaming parents and home-makers that are unable to cope. No good romanticising the past. Parents and carers need support in this time of flux. New structures are emerging, single parents or carers, for example, seek families of heart and mind. Our policy-makers don’t seem to take note of this phenomenon. Think of independent units around a communal space that would allow socialising and the sharing of skills.
And why not use the psychological knowledge that has been available for decades? Why is this knowledge not disseminated to parents? Corporations require further training from their employees, offer courses that teach people skills, because they realise these skills improve business.
Parenting is important business, without question the most important one. Years ago, when I was involved with Parent-Link, sharing skills, I had an idea how to create more opportunities for parents and raise their status. You can read about it by clicking on the AVAAZ link above. And please vote, or come up with your own ideas.
Present social policies often force a mother or father to beg alms from the state, become unemployed. Is a parent ever unemployed? Children are the future and must concern us all. I meet many parents, who, even with heightened awareness, tenacity, creativity and sacrifice, struggle to stay sane.
3 responses to “… Is a parent ever unemployed ? …”
Thanks for your vote, Diana.
The idea of putting parents on the payroll was met with silence many years ago. A discussions over issues that involves structural changed would require the imagination, and a deep questioning of attitudes. Then there are many social and economic experts who scoff at dreams, having a lot to defend.
It’s true that corporations invest in continuing education for their employees, whose ongoing development of skills is important to the success of corp. goals, and your proposal recognizes a similar symbiotic relationship which might be recognized by corp. entities as well as gov. entities. Corps. might also contribute to family education programs through providing employees time to volunteer teach, for example, or by sponsoring a parent or family, receiving tax deferred credits for investing in the skill development of future employees.
Thanks Joe, I’m glad you can see this possible symbiotic relationship. Also, it might make parents more socially aware and interested in politics.