Would being paid for taking care of your children make you a better parent? New York City is hoping a monetary incentive will help some parents take their role more seriously.
In September, New York City will launch a two-to-three-year pilot program for 5,000 families. Parents can earn to $5,000 per year in this program. By doing “good parenting” activities such as taking your child to the doctor for his/her annual check up or attending meetings at your child’s school, parents will receive $40 to $100 a month.
I have mixed emotions about this concept. While I agree that our current welfare system is flawed and that there are way too many people mooching off the system, I think (call me an optimistic) that there are legitimately some people who are down on their luck and just need a little extra help to get back on their feet. For these people, I’m glad there is a system in place to help them. I think this New York City program could be another resource for these people.
Here’s what I like about the program:
What I don’t like about the program:
Personally, I don’t think being paid would make me a better parent. But I think I’m a fairly good parent now. Plus, while money is always a concern, I’m not considered low income. I think it’s an interesting experiment and I wish New York City luck.
What do you think, should we pay moms and dads to be better parents? Would a few extra bucks change your parenting style?