Ernest R. Carlo, M. D.
Presented: Quest Club
III !\ W November 15, 1957
WHO SHOULD RAISE THE CHILDREN
WHO SHOULD RAISE THE CHILDREN? At first thought one mi^it think such a Question would be very easy to answer and that the answer would be quite obviously "the
parents". However, when ono delvos into the various angles of the query and realizes
that the world in which we live is a very complicated one, and one in which no one
lives unto himself, then the answer becomes much more complex. Actually, everyone
has a part in this great privilege and responsibility, although certainly the parents
play the major role, especially during those all-important formative years when a
child's world is no larger than his own home.
However, the very fact that such a question was thought suitable for discussion
not only stresses the importance of the influences surrounding and guiding our children, but in the very question itself is the implication that perhaps the manner or
the methods now being used for raising children must not be thoroughly satisfactory
or adequate, for the results are not always all that either parents or society in
general has hoped for or expected.
Is the behavior of children actually becoming increasingly worse? Perhaps it
is, especially from the standards of parents, grandparents, and society as well*
Confronted with the worrisome problom of child raising and the so-called juvenile delinquency, one writer summed up the probable consensus of opinion in these blunt
words, and I ^uote: Our children now lovo luxury, they have bad manners, contempt
for authority, disrespect for older people. Children nowadays are tyrants. They no
longer rise when their elders enter the room, they contradict their parents, chatter
before company, gobble their food, and tyranize their teachers. UNQUOTE. Of special
interest is the fact that this is NOT a quotation from the November issue of Parents
Magazine, but the words of SOCRATES, written in the fifth century before Christ.
Yes, raising children has been a problem for a very long time. That successive
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