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When I express my opinion that parents are the overwhelming factors responsible for the behavior of their children (and this responsibility knows no race, religion or ethnicity), I am berated by people who use the same indolent, lazy excuses, such as:
- I have to work too many hours; therefore I cannot keep up with my child’s every move.
- I have a good child. He/She only gets in trouble when those heathen friends are around.
- (My personal fav…) Rap music/Video games are too violent these days.
Whenever I hear these excuses I want to grab these parents by the thoat (yes, I meant that spelling), because all they are doing is providing excuses for themselves and the behavior of their children. This is ruining our future generations.
If rap music and video games are too violent or too sexual for your taste, why wouldn’t you take the steps to confiscate said video games and cd’s from your children? If your child’s friends possess less-than favorable qualities, what prevents you from keeping your child away from those bad apples? Sure, your children may throw a tantrum or two, and you may have to beat that ass sometimes (something I highly recommend). But the point will be made that you as a parent have rules that the child must abide by.
You can spend time with your children, and learn what makes them tick. Understand what their interests are and work with them. Teach them right from wrong, so you don’t have to worry about what they are doing while you are at work. These are the things caring parents do.