Parenting License

Get qualified. Learn how to be a good parent.

Opinion page by Duane Alan Hahn.

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Parents Should Have to Pass a Parenting Test

It seems like people in the United States have to get licenses for everything, so why don't parents need to get one before they can have a child? People whine about the quality of our schools, but say almost nothing about the quality of our parents.


Most belief systems and religions agree on certain points of conduct. There are also laws that all people are supposed to follow (no matter what they believe). Many parents and potential parents don't seem to know or understand a lot of the laws that already exist. They need to be taught about the different kinds of abuse and why it's wrong and illegal to act in certain ways.


Parents need to pass some kind of life skills course that makes sure that they understand what is and is not appropriate behavior and how to handle stress and anger in a sane way. For example, it's not OK to lock children in a closet and starve them. It's not OK to have sex with them. It's not OK to treat them like slaves. Kids are people too. They should be treated the same way most people would treat a visitor (with kindness and respect).


What Is an Emotionally Healthy Childhood?

Gun lovers must be taught that guns should be properly locked up. Guns should not be stuffed under a bed, in a drawer, or in a closet where children could find them. There should be zero news stories about a child accidentally shooting another child with a gun they found in mommy's or daddy's closet.


To help as many people as possible, one solution would be to have students pass this short course in the 7th grade, then take the course again in their senior year.


The course would also be freely distributed on the Internet so people could study it any time they want. People with low incomes could also have access to it from their local libraries, various charities, and government agencies.






Unofficial Parenting Test

Below is a list of unofficial questions that you might want to answer. Be aware that a few of the questions may be offensive to some people. Read the list of questions at your own risk.



If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, you may not even be qualified to have a pet. You might want to read some books, take a college course, or watch some YouTube videos about how to be a good parent.


If you already are a parent and answered ‘yes’ to any of the less offensive questions above, you might want to get professional help. If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the more offensive questions, you might want to go to your local police station and turn yourself in.





The Good and the Bad

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.

Never litter. If you can't find a trash can, take it home and throw it away there.

Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. I take B-Right.

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.”

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