Delinquent Parents Essay

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Delinquent Parents

Delinquent Parents? Gone are the good old days when mom and dad were around to teach their
children about morality and the basics of growing up. Instead, we see parents who have
replaced caring and personal involvement with the purchase of material goods. We see
parents who are afraid to discipline their children and who are afraid to set boundaries.
We see parents who are afraid to hug their children and be involved in their lives. A
child's behavior shows the kind of home he or she comes from. Parents are suppose to be
role models, but what do we find. Parents are neglecting their responsibility. Parents,
who ought to teach by precept and example, have fallen prey to the "do as I say, but not
as I do" syndrome. We as a society, often times fail to look at the root cause of many of
the adolescent problems being witnessed today. I watched a PBS documentary entitled "The
Lost Children of Rockdale County." I found this documentary to be very disturbing look
into the lives of middle to upper class youth. Though the focus of the program was sexual
promiscuity, drugs, pornography, and alcohol, but what I found far more troubling was the
tremendous breakdown that exists between the children of Rockdale County and their
parents. This entire documentary was full of houses that were empty and void of
supervision and adult presence. Some recent research on adolescent behavior has provided
an insight into factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency. The relationships between
parents and children play a significant role in the social well being of the children.
Children who do the best, have parents who use both a great deal of warmth and caring with
their children and also exercise a high level of control over their children's actions.
High levels of warmth and control characterize the form of parenting referred to as
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