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Help Make Parent Education a National Priority

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You can make history by assisting the President-elect about the importance of effective parenting and parenting education. Parenting is one of the most important and difficult of jobs. When it is accomplished effectively and sensitively, it benefits the entire society, as effectively parented children are the most likely to do well in school and in the community and to lead productive and healthy lives.

There is something you can do right now to make this a reality. The President-elect has created a vehicle for submitting ideas for how citizens think his administration should change America. It’s called “Ideas for Change in America.” How cool is that?

My colleague, Kerby Alvy, PhD has submitted an idea on behalf of the National Effective Parenting Initiative (NEPI) titled, Make Parenting Education a National Priority. You can read and vote for the idea by clicking on the above link to the President-elect’s Web site.

Some additional reasons for making parenting education a national priority have to do with the humanitarian and economic costs of not seeing to it that all parents receive the best possible parenting education and support. These include the costs we pay to treat and manage such problems as child abuse, childhood obesity, school dropouts, juvenile deliquency and gangs. For example, the direct costs of child maltreatment (judicial, law enforcement and health system responses) are estimated at $24 billion each year. The indirect costs (long-term economic costs of child maltreatment such as lost wages and taxes paid) exceed an estimated $69 billion annually according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So it makes both good humanitarian and economic sense to making parenting education a national priority (Alvy, 2008).

The top ten ideas are going to be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day and will be supported by a national lobbying campaign run by, MySpace, and more than a dozen leading nonprofits after the Inauguration. So each idea has a real chance at becoming policy.

Thus, you can make a real difference! Do vote right now. Also forward this communication to your family members, friends, and colleagues so that they too can vote.

America’s children need and deserve the best parenting possible. You can help make it happen!

Photo courtesy of The Go-To Mom


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