Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Russia Gives Money, Awards for Big Families
The AP and other news sources around the country (we heard about it on NPR) reported a few days ago that Medvedev had invited moms and dads of large families to the Kremlin to honor them with money and kudos.
Apparently Russia is facing the "threat" of a huge population decline and Medvedev wants his people to go forth and multiply.
The award is called the "Medal of Parental Glory."
I'm not sure a massive decline in homo sapiens is really so much a problem--perhaps it's a solution--if you take a longer view of what's going on with global warming and environmental devastation caused by people but it does seem rather warm and fuzzy that large families are being honored.
Our favorite part of what Medvedev said is that the award should be given to both parents, not just the mothers.
We need more international recognition of the importance of fathers in parenting. Right on Russia.
Now, do you think that family with the 16 children could be convinced to park their cars and bicycle?