Parenting has really changed in the Twenty-First Century. In life, parents are their child’s first and most important teachers. Obedience has become less important. Parents have put their focus on a close relationship with their kids instead of disciplining them for bad behavior. Some parents think that they should not be held responsible for their children’s action. Most children today are so free-willed and independent, that their parents cannot control them. If a parent has lack of control over their kids to an extent, I think parents should be criminally responsible for their actions. Many people think that parents are to blame for their children’s behavior and that they should be punished, but some disagree for different reasons. An American psychiatrist Karl Meginer quoted, “What’s done to children, they will do in society”. Which simply means, kids represents their parents and how they are raised is how they will act in society. Parents should be responsible for their children’s behavior because they are the one who gave them life. It is their responsibility to provide care, food, education, protection, and moral values for their children. For those reasons, parents should be held responsible for their child’s behavior. They should be held accountable when their child commits a crime. Many parents believe that they should be held responsibly until the age of maturity in the state they reside in. The age of maturity is a legal term for the age of when a child reaches adulthood and has the rights and privileges of an adult. The age of maturity in Louisiana is eighteen years old. This means that the teen is considered an adult under the law, both federal and state, and is now responsible for their own actions. Parents who are held accountable for their children’s delinquent behaviors are more likely to reinforce appropriate behavior in their children. As a parent, it is our responsibility to teach our kids the way that life works and prepare them for the future. The parents are not the only influence in a child’s life. Society plays a big role. And even though a parent works hard to raise their child to be good and follow the law, the child can still rebel against their parents due to media and peers. So some parents believe that their child’s behavior is not all their fault. In the nineteenth century, parents did not have to worry about Facebook, Instagram and other social media. It is important that parents are aware of the surroundings of their kids and who they hang out with. Children are sometimes influenced by the wrong kind of peer pressure, but it is the responsibility of the parents to monitor their children online behavior. In CNN opinion, it stated, “Parents need to understand the technology they give their children, because it can be used to break the law and inflict harm. They need to understand that allowing their children the privilege of going online comes with responsibility”. (Omara,Mark) Parents play a big role to influence the way a child think and behave. Many people think that the parents are the source of their children’s bad behavior. The parents are the first to interact and teach the child. The way the child acts is a reflection of the parent. If the parent displays negative behavior in front of the child, as the child grows up he will adapt to that same behavior. In the bible, Proverbs 22:6 states, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it. Parents are the stewards of their children lives for a short time, but the training they provide is eternal. Some people believe that a problem child comes from a broken family. Whether the family is broken or not; a child’s family does not justify unacceptable behavior. A disordered family is not a factor when a child behaves badly, but how the parent raised the child should be questioned. Some families who are rich produce rebellious children. Most of the time they are left with the nanny and...
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