Twelve Rules for Raising Juvenile Delinquent Children

Some years ago the city of Houston Texas waged an ad campaign to deter juvenile crime.  The Houston Police Department distributed “Twelve Rules for Raising Juvenile Delinquent Children”

  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 that it is cute.
  3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is twenty-one 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. 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 let his mind feast on garbage.
  7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they won’t be shocked when the home is broken up later on.
  8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own.
  9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink and comfort. See that every sensual desire is gratified.
  10. Take his side against neighbors, teachers and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.
  11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by explaining, “I never could do anything with him.”
  12. Prepare for a life of grief.  You will definitely have it.

(Chuck Swindoll, “Shaping the Will with Wisdom,” Part 1, April 9, 2013 )

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