Firmly in the trenches of the local problems in our communities and schools with our youth and families, I often am amazed at how little thought some parents put into raising their children. Some parents let their children do anything and go anywhere they want to. Some parents make sure that their children have a smartphone, computer, and a TV in their bedroom. They want their children to be happy. They want to be the cool parent.
Giving your child freedom and technology does not mean that they will turn out bad. I do believe that if they are not carefully monitored children can quickly enter into risky situations. Reality is that we live in dangerous times. Pick up the local paper or turn the news on if you don’t believe that. Stop by the Courthouse and I will share many more examples.
I challenge all parents, if not already, to step up their efforts. I strongly recommend every parent always ask “Do I know where my child is?” “Do I know who my child is with?” and “Do I know what my child is doing?” Ask these questions not only every time your child leaves but even within your own home. If you don’t like the answers or can’t get an answer then be prepared to say “No!” and take action. Effective parenting often will not get you points with your child in a popularity contest.
Studies have shown that children do best when the parents are active and have power over their child’s lives. Children need clear rules, structure, and accountability. Never give up and never be afraid to ask for help. God bless and Merry Christmas.
Scott Powell is the Meigs County Juvenile Court Judge.