The LuLac Edition #1737, August 31st, 2011
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WRITE ON WEDNESDAY
IT’S THE PARENTS JOB!
During the entire summer, we have been hearing constantly about Judge Mark Ciavarella’s role in the Judicial scandal. Surely there were some kids that too much of a punishment but there were other, out of control kids that pretty much got a pass after all the former Judge’s cases were tossed. This letter to the Times Leader makes the point that a Juvenile Court Judge or a police officer should not be left to parent a child. But unfortunately this has been the trend. There are more than a few parents living in this area who are plain lazy and irresponsible when it comes to parenting. My sister was a first grade teacher for over thirty years. She had a good reputation as a tough but kind task master who wanted to make sure these tykes were prepared for the rest of their educational career. Toward her middle years at the District, parents of incoming children would say, “Thank God my child has you for first grade because we can’t do anything with them”. Her response was always, “You’re the parent, you had them for 5 years, what am I going to do with them if there isn’t at least a foundation for learning?” Most times all the parents heard was the word “learning” and told her that was her job, not theirs. The Judicial scandal brought up the problems in the county system and hopefully they’ll be fixed. But none of that won’t solve the problem of parental incompetence. Here’s that letter:
Parenting should rest in hands of actual parents
Most of us probably think the “kids for cash” judge, Mark Ciavarella, is just a terrible person. I can think of a few parents who cried with him and their child in his chambers. The parents were practically begging him to do something because their child was going down the wrong road and they didn’t know what to do. The judge made a decision to handle the discipline, like many of our police officers do, and he gets 28 years in jail.
A parent calls 911 when Johnny won’t go to school, or when Susie comes home smelling of booze and pot. Congratulations! The parents have introduced their troublesome child to law enforcement. If arrested, the child now has a record. Great job!
As I was growing up in the ’70s, a Children and Youth agency was only an idea. When I got out of line, let’s just say dad didn’t put me in a time-out chair or make me stand in the corner to get his point across. I’m sure many men and women reading this can relate. Discipline wasn’t handled by the police, judges or a government-created agency. Discipline was handled by the “man of the house.”
Thanks to government, we have the “pansy of the house,” and the children dictate what the parents do on a daily basis.
Government has made it a crime for a parent to discipline a child. If a parent disciplines with a smack on the butt in the grocery store, some knucklehead with a cell phone is dialing 911 to report a child abuse case. An embarrassing visit from Children and Youth follows.
Want to cut something from the budget? Leave parenting up to the parents and allow the government to care for foster children who might not have someone to care for them, as it was intended. Or doesn’t this qualify as a kids-for-cash scheme? Because as I see it, the whole system is “kids for cash.”
Ask yourself this: Who pays the fine, lodging and probation fee of the child?
The parent who refuses to discipline a child, because the law prohibits it.
Chuck Watkins, Sugar Notch