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To raise children "properly" one parent should stay at home while the other goes to work, Alberta's finance minister suggested Wednesday.

In a tangent at the end of a speech on Alberta's economy to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto, Iris Evans also went on to suggest a lack of education is linked to mental illness and crime.

Evans said Canadians are missing important opportunities by not educating their children about finances.

After struggling with finances as a mother herself, Evans said she made it her mission to teach her kids about money.

Now as adults with their own families, her kids have topped up RRSPs, live in good houses and have good savings, Evans said.

"This is not a statement against daycare. It's a statement about their belief in the importance of raising children properly."

But Andrea Calver, a co-ordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, said daycare can be a healthy and necessary part of a child's upbringing.

"Times have changed and for many families you need two incomes to have a reasonable standard of living," Calver said.

Evans said Canadians don't save enough money and a simple fix to avoid those pitfalls for the next generation is to teach children about finances from an early age.

"If you don't read to the child they'll never learn how to read and if you don't talk to them about money and we don't start educating this next generation they'll think that the world owes them a living," she told the small business crowd.

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Re: Raising kids properly means one parent at home, Alta. minister says
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 10:59:36 PM »
Alberta minister ignites furor over ‘raising kids right''

Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans unwittingly reignited the country's emotional mommy wars debate when she suggested raising children “properly” means one parent needs to stay at home.

Ms. Evans, 67, made the controversial remarks this week in Toronto, along with several others, including linking lack of education with mental illness, at the end of a speech on Alberta's economy.

While she has released a statement saying that she never meant to “offend” anyone and that her intention was not to “suggest there is only one way to raise a child,” the veteran politician's remarks have set off both sides of the parenting debate.


The issue was brought to the top of the public agenda this week when the Ontario government proposed that daycare and kindergarten for four- and five-year-olds be rolled into one all-day program in provincial schools. The proposal was criticized, but many parents loved the idea, in part because it would free them from child-care duties and allow both to work.

Martha Friendly, executive director of the Toronto-based Childcare Resource and Research Unit, said studies show that good quality early-childhood education – that includes daycare programming – benefits youngsters. The suggestion that working parents are doing their children a disservice is “disrespectful,” she said.

Gordon Neufeld, a Vancouver-based clinical psychologist and expert on child development, said while Ms. Evans's parenting statement is “inflammatory,” it does touch on a problem plaguing society. Children are growing up in an environment where both parents work, where extended families have broken down, and as a result, they are no longer developing a “village of attachments” to guide them, he said.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/alberta-minister-ignites-furor-over-raising-kids-right/article1188195/

 

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