Parenting Licence

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Being a parent is quite possibly the most demanding and important job that anyone can have. Raising a child from infancy through to adulthood is a full time, life-long position for which there is no interview, instruction manual or training session. Parents today are expected to jump in to the deep end of the parenting pool and just know what to do from the start.

It is our right to bear children whenever we want and parent them as we please. In spite of this, people wishing to become a parent through the adoption process apparently do not have the same right. These hopeful adoptive parents are forced to provide adoption agencies with proof of funds and proof of marital status, not to mention they are expected to endure a series of interviews and psychiatric evaluations. Once their results are accumulated, processed and considered, it may be 10 years or more before these people are given the right to be a parent.

Through a grueling adoption process, they are proven to be the perfect parenting candidates before they are allowed to have a child.

If some people are singled out and made to prove that they can be capable and responsible parents, then it is only fair and rational to suggest that the rest of us should be subjected to the same process also. You need a license to drive a car; you need a license to start a business. You need a license to own a dog, shoot a gun, fly a plane and in some places, you even need a license to catch a fish. While the specific conditions of one license will differ from another, there does seem to be a general rule. This rule is not exactly outlined specifically on each application form, however the purpose...