Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

Let's Pay The Parents! - Poem by Mary Nagy

Why can't we pay the parents
to stay home instead of leave?
I think there'd be more children
who would love instead of grieve.

I say let's pay a salary
for each thing that they do.
Make it an actual career
and watch the child shine through!

Make them take it serious
and give weekly reports.
Have them tell of happenings
the good, the bad....all sorts!

Pay them so they're happy
to have chosen this ''career''.
Let them see the happy face
that says ''My mom is here! ''

Say certain things are ''overtime''
like all the evening games.
The after school activities
where the parent will learn names.

I think more people would choose it
but this world is not set up
to accommodate the ''family''
and so they just soon give up.

This plan may seem too crazy,
I admit... it may just be.
But what is this world missing?
It's the value in ''family''.

Comments about Let's Pay The Parents! by Mary Nagy

  • (5/8/2006 9:25:00 AM)

    MN for President! ! ! ! !
    Fabulous, thought-provoking and flowing as ever.
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  • (5/4/2006 11:38:00 AM)

    I 'd like to think my payment as a mum is the unconditional love I get from my boys and the joy of sharing their most formative years. Balance is the key but it's not always that simple... A well crafted and provocative write Mary and one I can sympathise with. Kind regards, Justine. (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2006 12:59:00 PM)

    The dining room chats, the five minutes given to share that you always say that you will get around to, to stop and really smell the flowers in the moment and together all these we must work very hard at,
    I think that if the carer were paid then some may not see the value of their job and therefore the most essential element of love may not be contained,
    Either way I know what you mean and you are right, it is such a shame that so many have to suffer, and that so many need to acquire the skills to really care for their Children,
    Well done Mary, really got me thinking here, I think that also we must remember that some parenting skills are a result of a previous environment in which they needed some guidance of somekind, love Duncan
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  • Ernestine Northover (4/27/2006 3:15:00 PM)

    I stayed home and looked after the children whilst they were growing up. It is so important. I think this is a very good idea Mary, but the reality is something else. We never seem to get our priorities right in this world. Nice write. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2006 8:34:00 AM)

    I was able to stay home and, mostly, don't regret it - however, yes, the 'pay' stinks! (Made up for, got to say, by all the good things.) Thanks for the goodness here, Mary! ... Esther: ] (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 27, 2006

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