HAGELIN: What families need is more nurturing and less meddling

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How to save your family: Don’t let the government do your job

Don’t let the government have even more control over your family. When children are 3 and 4 years old, they soak up new skills and ideas like sponges. Their best teachers are Mom and Dad. More important are the hugs, stability, kindness, values and love from their families that toddlers need in large doses every day. Our sons and daughters don’t need to spend extra hours in government-sponsored programs, learning life skills from their playmates and basic values from government employees.

While not every mother (or father) can stay home, our laws and federal programs ought to encourage parents to invest more time, not less, in their children.

The bottom line should be obvious: Mom and Dad are better than Aunt Nanny State and Uncle Sam Sitter. Give your children more of you.

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at rebecca@howtosaveyourfamily.com.

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