BAD PARENTING AT FAULT FOR SOCIAL ISSUES – There are many, especially those of 50 years of age and above, who feel that parents are to blame for the growing faults of our society; the issue appears to be the lack of discipline.
At nearly 50 years of age I wouldn’t disagree with this assertion. In my day, being verbally or physically abusive to a teacher would have resulted in the cane from the Headmaster, expulsion from the school and a guaranteed good hiding from both parents.
Yes, those were the days when parents would think nothing of clipping you around the ear if you didn’t say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, hold open a door for an elder or dare to use foul language.
At the ripe old age of 12 I thought it clever to tell a friend to p*** off; something my mother overheard. I can tell you that the taste of soap still lingers in my mouth but being punished, sometimes severely, never did me any harm; in fact I grew up to respect others and of course myself.
Today we live in a world where society is mollycoddled from the cradle to the grave and what’s worse is that we expect it.
When children do misbehave and tell their teacher’s to f*** off or attack them physically we don’t blame the parents but rather society as a whole and then focus our admonishment on the councils, the social services; in fact anything but point the finger at the parents.
As I grew older, married and had a child the school teachers often remarked at how well-behaved my son was. I made no bones about it and told them that he was brought up to respect his elder’s and that any form of misbehaving would result in punishment – that didn’t always include a spanking but I can assure you he had a few.
Yes, I know I’m a monster and no doubt, according to the liberals, my son is traumatized – however, that is not the case and at 25 years of age he is a well-rounded and productive member of society that has never even had a parking ticket. I wonder how many parents in today’s society could make such a testament.
According to Sir Michael our society has now become hollow with fragmented families; it’s as if there is no real parenting and that we have a national obsession with pussyfooting around and blaming our kid’s behaviour on everything and anything – bar the parents.
At last someone who is prepared to stand up and speak the truth; for the truth is that parents who fail teach their children the basics of right and wrong and who refuse to punish them when the do go off the rails are the root of Britain’s biggest problems today – an unsocial society where there is almost no respect for anyone, including themselves.
It is well overdue where we as a society point the finger and lay the blame for children’s unruly behaviour and their lack of respect where it duly belongs – which is right at the parents.
It’s time people realized that if you cannot control your children and instill basic values then quite frankly you shouldn’t have the right to have children.
Of course the chances are that most people won’t see any sense to this article and it’s likely to be lambasted for its draconian views; draconian it may well be but in a bygone age children knew their place and they were respectful and above all well behaved.
Just a few days ago news broke of a pensioner who was allegedly killed by a 10 year old boy. Police currently have the young fellow in custody and you have to wonder what society produces a boy of 10 to want, or even think, to take the life of a frail old man.
It’s time parent’s stepped up to the mark and took responsibility for their children’s actions. It’s about time society told parent’s that if they fail to properly teach and supervise their children’s activities then society will hold them fully accountable.
The truth is, as Sir Michael pointed out, children suffer because parents refuse to give them clear rules or boundaries and therefore children feel that they are simply able to do whatever they like without consequence.
Parenting should be the responsibility of the parents and not the social system.
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