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Letter: When did parenting stop being a full-time job?

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From: Chris Harrison


As we are in the grips of one of the coldest winters on record, I have noticed that parents have stopped treating their kids as a full-time job. We have been parents for more than 13 years and have never put ourselves before our kids. But what I am seeing every morning are kids at the bus stop in barely enough clothes to keep warm on cool spring mornings, let alone mornings that are as extreme as we have been having.

Now I understand that two-hour delays put a lot of stress on parents with jobs, but what good is that job when your child is in the hospital with a serious illness or injury?

What is more important than your kids, whom you have seen fit to bring into this world but now want them to fend for themselves?

We would rather protect our kids and keep them warm by simply taking 15 minutes of our day and sitting with them in a warm car while they wait and while we might actually learn something about them that we didn’t know.

Now this is not only common to the cold mornings but anytime when parents would rather dump their kids with whomever they can so they can go here or there for that all-too-important me or us time. Last time we checked, me and us weren’t in our language. When the first child was born, they were replaced with we.

Our society would do well to remember that our kids didn’t ask to be brought into this world and couldn’t choose their parents. We brought them into this world. It is our responsibility to protect them as well.

Parenting has always been a full-time job.

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