12 Rules for Raising Delinquent Children – Food for thought

From what I can ascertain, these rules first appeared in a highly successful campaign by the Houston Police Department in 1948.

Beginning at infancy, give your child everything they want. In this way the child grows up believing that the world owes them something.

When they pick up bad words laugh at them. This will make them think they are cute and encourage them to pick up cuter phrases that will blow your mind.

Never give them any spiritual training. Let them wait until they are 21 and then decide for themselves.

Avoid using the word “wrong”. It may develop a guilt complex. This will condition them to believe later, when they are arrested for stealing a car, that society is against them and they are being persecuted.

Pick up everything they leave lying around the house – books, shoes, clothing. Do everything for them so they will be experienced in passing all responsibility to someone else.

Let them read or watch anything they can get their hands on. Be sure to sterilize the cutlery, plates and dishes, but let their minds feast on garbage.

Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children, so that they won’t be shocked when the home breaks up later on.

Give the child all the spending money they want and never let them earn their own. Why should they have it as tough as we had it?

Satisfy their every craving for food, drink, and sensual pursuits. Denial may lead to harmful frustrations.

Always take your child’s side against the neighbors, teachers, and police. They’re prejudiced against your child.

When they get into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, “I never could do anything with them.”

Prepare yourself for a life of grief.  You’ll probably have it.

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