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Parents miss out in the fight for families

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From Parent.org
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Parents miss out in the fight for families.

While Don Brash and Steve Maharey slug it out over who is offering the best election package around childcare, parenting seems to have slipped off the agenda again, claims lobby group Parent.org. Both politicians are claiming that they are doing the most for children and families, but the reality is that both of these packages are about employment, not families. The message behind these initiatives is that you will be valued as a worker and taxpayer and supported to do that but you are not valued as a parent. Neither of these schemes endorses the role of ‘parent’, or provides any support for parenting – just support to return to work.

“If, as our politicians claim, the problem that these schemes are seeking to address is family income, then that is the problem that should be tackled, not access to employment”, said Parent.org spokesperson, Steve Gore. “Perhaps both of these parties should dig a little deeper into the ideas bank.

“They could start by redressing the long-standing corrupt concept of fairness built into our tax system, which punishes the children of our nation. Our supposedly fair system has deemed that those on higher incomes are able to afford to contribute more to the running of society so are taxed more. This leads to the ridiculous situation where a person earning $42,000 whose income is supporting a partner and a couple of children pays a higher rate of tax than someone earning $37,000 who is on their own. Is that really fair and the best way of ensuring our families have sufficient money to look after the children? With this system we shouldn't be surprised that fewer young adults having children and those who are are leaving it till as late as possible.

In a recent visit to New Zealand, internationally renown childhood expert Dr. Bruce Perry, iterated that in order to grow into well rounded adults young children do not need to be stuffed full of knowledge. They need their emotional intelligence developed through close love and nurturing, and they are not going to get that from burnt out over-worked parents or professional childcare staff who have to split their time between 30 children.

Parent.org is group promoting the concept of social capital. It believes that if we create a parenting environment that promotes success, rather than supports failure, we will begin to build a society that is safer, more socially harmonious and one that has enduring economic prosperity.

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