Originally posted by Kewpie
Unfortunately there are parents who experiment with their children, and the law isn't very good at protecting the child. I lived for a while in an area where the young mothers lived in terror of "the welfare" taking their kids, while all the time neglecting those kids. Pity you don't need either training or a permit in order to become a parent!
It aught to be a standard and mandatory part of a child's education (for ALL children and not just the girls)
that they learn not just how children are made but what to do with them once you get them.
Basic things that are crucial to how well a child performs at school and for the rest of their lives include
reading stories to your kids, talking to them (a lot) and encouraging questions... The number of words a
child has been exposed to/said by the time they start school is a stronger indicator of achievement than IQ.
Of course there's lots of other stuff like nutrition and how to control your kids and importantly, how not to
have them till you are ready, but a huge difference could be made with some really simple basics being taught
to everyone about how to raise children.