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Should the government teach parenting?

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Jill Kirby, a policy analyst with a focus on social and domestic issues, believes the government should be focusing on "targeted intervention" not "getting involved in whole new area of our lives".

"We shouldn't create an assumption that parenting is something the state teaches you how to do", she adds.

Frank Field, former minister for welfare reform, disagrees and says there is a "huge constituency" wanting parenting classes.

"More and more parents are falling out of love with being parents and not having a role-model of their own parents to build their own study on", she explains.


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