In My Opinion
TV Host Declares Your Kids do not Belong to you, but to the Community
As a new mom, who had never changed a diaper prior to giving birth, it was nice having friends and other moms in my community to lean on. You know what they say "It Takes Village!". Since I didn't have any family in my area, I reached out and joined a couple of local mother's groups for support. We would get together to vent, share and just chat about what we were going through. It was very cathartic and helped to validate us as mothers. I wasn't the only one who put their baby in the swing so they'd sleep, or had to deal with that dreadful 4-6pm crying spell each afternoon. We learned a lot from each other - moms love to share!
So yes, I'll admit that parents can use some help and advice while raising their children. They can take the information and apply it to their own, personal views on family and parenting. Never could I have imagined that the "It Takes a Village" mentality would get to this!
In case you missed it, MSNBC recently released a new public service message from Melissa Harris-Perry which basically states that kids do not belong to their parents, but to the collective community. Here are her exact words and the video that has been broadcast by the major network:
"We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities."
I'm in a state of shock each time I watch this, did she really just say that? Harris-Perry has since gone on the record to defend her words. Personally, there are plenty of people out there in the "community" that I don't want my kids anywhere near! My husband and I have our own beliefs and morals that we work very hard to impart on our children, and other parents should be doing the same with theirs.
How do you feel about this statement? Should kids belong to and be raised by their families or some other "entity"? Is it really someone else's responsibility to raise OUR children?