Excerpt from Ann Landers column:
12 Rules For Raising Delinquent Children
- Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way, he will grow up
to believe the world owes him a living.
- When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he's cute. It will
also encourage him to pick up "cuter" phrases that will blow off the top of your
- Never give him any spiritual training. Wait till he is 21, and then let him "decide
- Avoid use of the word "wrong". It may develop a guilt complex. This will
condition him to believe, later, when he is arrested for stealing a car, that society is
against him and he is being persecuted.
- Pick up everything he leaves lying around - books, shoes and clothing. Do everything for
him so he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility onto others.
- Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware
and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage.
- Quarrel frequently in the presence of your child. In this way, he will not be too
shocked when the home is broken up later.
- Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own. Why should he
have things as tough as you had them?
- Satisfy his every craving for food, drink and comfort. See that every sensual desire is
gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration.
- Take his part against neighbors, teachers and policemen. They are all prejudiced
against your child.
- When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, "I never
could do anything with him".
- Prepare for a life of grief. You will be apt to have it.
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