Should new parents be required to take parenting classes?

The law requires you to be at least 16 years old and pass a test in order to be able to drive a car.  You are not eligible to vote or join the military until you are 18 years old.  The legal drinking age is 21 years of age.  In our society you must take a test and show some maturity in order to do the things listed above.  However, you can bring a child into this world with no training or maturity.  

Should new parents be required to participate in parenting classes?  I am not just referring to young unwed mothers when I pose this question.  I have encountered college educated married couples who are clueless when it comes to parenting.  Parents should not be afraid to ask for help when it comes to raising their children.  

I recently read about a mother who was changing her baby's diaper on the table of a restaurant in downtown Chicago.  WTF! The waitress had to reiterate multiple times to her that there was a changing station in the restroom.  I'm not even sure any class could help this mother.  

I think that some parents would welcome the idea.  What do you think?


  1. You can't fix stupid. Or sleep-deprived, right away.

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  3. No they should not, they should know its available to them if its something their interested in but they should not be required to.