Tax Dollars Shouldn’t Pay for Massage Classes
I learned from this blog post that Parents as Teachers offers infant massage classes. I can’t be sure, but based on browsing the blog’s archives, it appears that the blogger and her family live somewhere in Missouri.
This is an example of a Parents as Teachers activity that shouldn’t be publicly funded. Infant massage is not crucial for every child’s development. You don’t need any special massage program to prepare your child for kindergarten. If your baby grows up without experiencing infant massage, that fact alone won’t cause him or her to be a burden on taxpayers.
I understand that infant massage isn’t the whole focus of Parents as Teachers. But I want to point out that not everything Parents as Teachers does is essential, and there is room for cuts when the state budget necessitates them (as it does now).