Twelve Rules for Raising
Delinquent Children

 Delinquent Child

1.Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants, 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 until he is 21 then let him "decide for himself."

4.Avoid the 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.Pickup everything he leaves lying around...books, shoes and clothes. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibilities 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 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 way. Why should he have things as tough as you did?

9.Satisfy his craving for drink, food and comfort. See that 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 likely have it.

Issued by Police Department of Houston, Texas

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