How to Raise a Juvenile Delinquent

How to Raise a Juvenile Delinquent
By: The Houston Police Department

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 he’s
cute. It will also encourage him to pick up cuter phrases that will blow
off the top of your head later.

3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait till he is 21 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 – books, shoes and clothing.
Do everything for him so he will be experienced in throwing all
responsibilities onto 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
will not be too shocked when the home is broken up later.

8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his
own. Why should he have things as tough as you had them?

9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink and comfort. See that every
sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration.

10. Take his part against neighbors, teachers and policemen. They are all
prejudiced against your child.

11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, “I
never could do anything with him.”

12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will be apt to have it.

(The original source of the above material is unknown.)

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