Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children

I decided to clean out my bedside drawer the other day.  I found painted rocks, socks, flashlights, pens, thermometers, and many other odd goodies.  I have no idea why some of the things were in there and I will just blame it all on the children!  One thing of interest I found was an article by Ann Landers.  It was printed on April 16, 1997 - how I managed to hang onto this piece of paper all of these years and can lose one of my shoes I have no idea!  It was an essay originally prepared by the police department of Houston, Texas and appeared in Ann Landers' column back in 1959.  Since I have a whole new set of children here who have required some tough love I thought I would share it!  Here it is:

Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children
  1. Begin in infancy to give the child everything he wants.  In this way, he will grow 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 til he is 21, and then let him "decide for himself."
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your child.  In this way, he will not be too shocked when the home is broken up later.
  8. 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?
  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, and policemen.  They are all prejudiced against your child.
  11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, "I never could do anything with him."
  12. Prepare for a life of grief.  You will be apt to have it.
Sometimes we think things from the past are outdated and don't apply to us, but I have to say I think these 12 points will be constants throughout time!


  1. it's sad but honestly a lot of parents seem to have this mentality...makes me look at my own parents in amazement - I swear my strict "overbearing" mom & dad ran out of parenting by the time my little brother came about...him turning out the way he did isnt a shock to me...


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