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Parents "On Strike!"
By Steve Higginbotham
December 10, 2004
Just when I thought I'd seen
everything, along comes two parents in Deltona, Florida who have
gone on "strike" as parents. They say they're fed up with the
behavior and lack of respect their children show them, so until
they "shape up" these parents are going to boycott their
responsibilities as parents, leave their 17 year-old son and 12
year-old daughter in the house to fend for themselves while they
live outside on the front lawn in a tent.
Is this not incredulous? Even my
12 year-old son, while watching this story on the evening news,
had the insight to say, "Who's being punished here? Why would the
mom and dad live in a tent and leave the comfort of the house to
the kids?" -- Good question.
Friends, parenting is not something
we can decide to take seriously when our children are in their
teens. That will be too late. Respect for parental authority, if
it is not established in early childhood will be very difficult to
establish when a child is in his teens. Neither is parenting
something that we can abdicate and go on "strike" because we've
not trained our children to respect our authority. Parenting
requires consistent discipline that begins at birth.
These parents don't need to go on
"strike," rather to me it sounds like a "strike" or two should
have been applied to their children many years ago. What do you
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