Where does the fine line of the law stop and the responsibilities of parents begin? Throughout the country, interesting laws are being considered that would greatly affect parents.
One example is in North Dakota where the legislature is reading a vote that would install a $500 fine for parents if their children skipped school. When children continue to skip school, parents can be sent to jail, for up to 30 day and a hefty fine. Another example is in Minnesota. There, it may become illegal to smoke in the car with your child. Doing so is a secondary offense meaning that a ticket would be issued only if you were stopped for another violation first.
Another side of the coin affects employers. In Colorado, a new law under consideration would make it a requirement for all businesses with fifty or more employees to allow parents time off from work to attend parent teacher conferences, interventions, drop out preventions disciplinary issues and other situations in regards to their child’s behavior and educational needs. Parents would get three-hour spans of time, up to 18 hour a year, to attend these all-important functions for their children.
Those pushing these laws believe they are essential for protecting children. Others say that the government is overstretching its hand and that parents should be making these decisions themselves. The fine line of legislating good parenting skills is struggling to be defined.
How far should the law go? To what point does the government have responsibility to parent children? More so, are these laws intrusive? These are all questions to carefully consider especially as new laws are discussed and often pushed through the legislature.