RULES FOR RAISING DELINQUENT CHILDREN
Published in the Houston Chamber of Commerce Bulletin
DOWN IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, the police department has issued a leaflet
entitled "Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children." Here
they are, as printed in the local Chamber of Commerce publication,
1. 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.
2. 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 head later.
3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is 21, and then
let him "decide for himself."
4. Avoid the 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.
5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around--books, shoes, clothes. Do
everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all
responsibility on others.
6. Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be careful
that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but don't worry
about his mind feasting on garbage.
7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they
will not be too shocked when the home is broken up later.
8. Give the child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his.
Why should he have things as tough as you did?
9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that every
sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration.
10. Take his part against neighbors, teachers, policemen. They are all
prejudiced against your child.
11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize to yourself by saying,
"I never could do anything with him!"
12. Prepare yourself for a life of grief. You'll surely have it.