Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children
-from “Standing Tall” by Steve Farrar
1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything they want. In this way they will grow up to believe the world owes them a living.
2. When they pick up bad words, laugh at them. This will make them think they are cute.
3. Never give them any spiritual training. Wait until they are 21 and then let them “decide for themselves.”
4. Avoid the use of “wrong.” They may develop a “guilt complex.” This will condition them to believe later, when they are arrested for stealing a car, that society is against them and they are being persecuted.
5. Pick up everything they leave lying around. Do everything for them so that they will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.
6. Let them read any printed matter (or digital) they can get their hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let their mind feast on garbage.
7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they won’t be so shocked when the home is broken up later.
8. Give a child all the spending money they want. Never let them earn their own.
9. Satisfy their every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that their every sensual desire is gratified.
10. Take their part against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.
11. When they get into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, “I could never do anything with them.”
12. Prepare for a life of grief, you will likely have it.
This was originally printed in a pamphlet that was handed out in Houston, TX as part of a police initiative to get parents more intimately involved in raising their children. The pamphlets were handed out around 40 years ago and were well received at the time. Can you imagine any part of the government saying these truths now?