Skip to main content

Paying Parents For Being Good Parents, Good Idea?

I actually think Argentina could be onto something, this could really be a very good idea as it would provide a positive incentive on a sensitive subject.
Our government may favour the practise of penalising parents with fines and loss of benefits but this hasn't seemed to help, instead it has only managed to stigmatises parents on a lower income as being bad parents!

I may not have children (does a god daughter count!?) but from observations being a parent isn’t easy, especially with present day factors at play.
Parenting is a huge responsibility and I can’t imagine many new parents’ hopes and intentions aren’t to raise a well adjusted son or daughter!

So consider if in this country (despite the government cuts) child tax credits were performance related? The aim would be to reward parents whose children had good attendance rate, behave in school and had no criminal records or ASBO’s. Obviously the amount of money would need to be class related like the scraped child tax credits, paying out more to those with lower incomes.  This combined with the offering of free parenting advise and services across the class divide would encourage a concept based on rewarding over punishing thus positivity enforcing good parenting skills, it would also help shake off the shame parents often feel asking or needing help & support.

For the rich this incentive will spark little interest since they are already financially capable to provide for their children and not just in the obvious ways i.e.: living in better areas, paying for private schools or ability to buy the latest technologies.  Even before their offspring’s are born they will have access to post & pre-natal care and advice, something the NHS struggles to provide the rest of the classes.
And for those who make up the lower income households, they would stand to benefit the most if their child shows good progress, since more money will be coming into the household as opposed to losing money in cases of neglect of poor parenting. Since support is also being offered this idea could potentially make it easier to spot children genuinely being neglected and/or abused.  

Considering the reactions after the UK riots about broken Britain, parenting and morals, I don’t think it would hurt to do a pilot scheme!

Article pictured was taken from: Stylist Magazine, issue 96, 5th October 2011, page 20.


Popular posts from this blog

Music Review: The Weeknd Trilogy

Rarely do I buy new music these days, with it being even more of a rarity that I buy music from male artists. Reason being that I just can not stomach the lies and hypocrisy commercially viable male solo artists spin with their predictable music and unoriginal public image clashing fiercely with the reality of their private lives.

With music today being so limited in the topics sung about and (in making myself sound old - which I'm not) the lack of experience, soul and true artistry in today's predominately young artists, I was surprised and delight to find out about Canadian singer The Weeknd. I'm told that this artist has actually been around for a while, though it is only now that The Weeknd's music is reaching commercial heights with the song Wicked Games played regularly on the radio. While I have liked the song since hearing it, it wasn't until I had seen its music video that I really became interested in what this young male solo artist has to offer.


Rise Of The Beta Male

Interesting article in last week’s Shortlist discussing the demise of the 'Alpha' male and rise of the 'Beta' male.
In a nutshell, the article was discussing recent culture changes in male behaviour and attitudes which has contributed to the emergence of the Beta male.
Beta males are smart sensitivity men who invest in their appearance, they are said to have turned their backs on the old Alpha male ways of male domination, aggression and exploitation, instead they embody intelligence, charisma and are liberal thinking. According to the article beta males are changing the way we do business!

I was pleased to see that the article had made a connection with this new male attitude and behaviour to the adaption (for the better) to the feminist movement and the study's of masculinity, since the process of women demanding and slowly achieving gender equality has encouraged many men to relieve themselves of the emotional castration once promoted as the alpha male image of…

Book Review: We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity

We Real Cool take's a deep look at black masculinity and offers up a fantastic critical analyst of the pros and cons of being a black male in the US.
Hooks acknowledges early in the book that as a female her view point on this subject maybe subjective, though We Real Cool is written with much intellect and heart. It is with great passion for her black males that Hooks writes with, saying that the lack of critical writings on the subject by black males was the catalysis for why she wrote the book.

The book is a real eye opener on the issues and daily assault out black males face and easily related to black males in the UK. Hooks dicusses black male incarceration, Hip-Hop & gang culture, black male misogyny and absentee fatherhood. As a female reader the book spoke volumes to me, and in usual fashion Hooks drew from her personal experiences and relationships with black males when writting the book. This not only helped draw parallels between the black males in my life (i.e. fat…