You Have a Right to Your Own Opinion- Even If You Are Wrong

A friend of mine forwarded me a link to a comment made by a Conservative member of the Provincial Parliament in Alberta.

Far be it for me to slag another Conservative (WAY too easy) but I couldn’t let her comment slide.

Alberta Finance Minister, Iris Evans, said that one parent should stay at home to raise the kids “properly” while the other brings home the bread.

 I am gobsmacked.

Did we just rewind and end up in a mythical version of the 1950’s?

For some, sacrificing one income is a “luxury” they cannot afford- Mexican vacations aside. It is a matter of putting food on the table and making rent. Should everyone be so lucky that one parent can stay home to raise the kids. Most of us don’t live in Rosedale mansions with servants and a spouse who brings in a high six-figure income before bonuses.

I love it when people try to impose their values on others and judge them harshly if they deviate from their strict standards of what is “right.”

If given the choice, I would prefer to stay at home when I have my theoretical children but I don’t know if that will be possible. My Grandmother basically raised us because both my parents had to work. I know my Mother would dearly love the opportunity to do the same- in that I am (will be) spoiled.

Is a little sensitivity to what other people have to do in what may be difficult circumstances too much to ask? Children need to be surrounded by people who love and care for them, people (parents, siblings, extended family, caregivers) who can set limits even as they encourage them to dream and strive to be the best they can be but who are not afraid to occasionally say no.

Ultimately, we all want children to have the opportunity to live up to their potential, to be happy, productive, caring individuals. What works for one may not work for another but who is to say one method is the only way it can work?

I could go on and on but that would be boring for you and I but just as an aside, in response to the caller on a radio show discussing Evans’ comment, raising the minimum wage is not the answer.

Everyone is allowed (and should be allowed) to have their own opinion- right or wrong. The most important thing is the dialogue that will result from this ridiculous statement. What happens after that is largely up to us.

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~ by angryegg on June 18, 2009.

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