Time with kids beats work — but it's more exhausting, parents say

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    I think the old line polls and pew studies are so out dated they don't mean a thing. Parenting is not about anything but being parents. Jobs, who works who doesn't work and why is not even a relative study. Its all about economics, debt, finances, and working together as a team to educate and train tier children to be American citizens, or illegal aliens whatever the case is. The biggest stress put on parent today is financial stress to comply with the myriad of senseless laws subverting parental rights.

    Its more complicate now with so many anti parenting laws and rules they get more stressed and economically deprived to enjoy the good life of their labors, their children. Just going to the store to buy food can get a parent thrown in jail if the children aren't strapped in, sitting at the right heights, with all the socialist laws that impede natural development and growth of mind and body parental family love.

    Parents are final authority above all laws of safety, education, health, and happiness, not the left wing nuts who impose impossible requirements on parents and their social standards to suit an equality of inequality.

  • windsor City, Ut
    Oct. 22, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    Hats off to moms AND dads who are engaged and caring parents, especially those who do not live close to family and don't have help from grandparents, aunts, uncles cousins etc.

    I recently read this by a Deseret News contributor (with a Ph.D in marriage and family therapy) who has been married a year and a week and who--as a fairly newly married couple--have been foster parents the last several months to 4 troubled children and a troubled baby.

    In a rare blog post (as she has no time to blog anymore) said:

    "[My husband] and I have hours and hours of work left to do tonight. I used to be baffled at my work when bad parents were confused about messed up kids--which is not the same as legit parents with kids who have needs, concerns, or real issues. But now I know how much easier it [would be] to just skip the parenting part of being a parent, to babysit them with technology, or to just not care. It takes time and energy to really parent, and it isn’t something that can multi-task, not really."

    So exhausting, but worth it.