This is a CA class- not Caddo. I'm in the back row.
The Caddo Herald
December 22, 1916
“Greenville Herald: Complaints of small boys playing on the streets, hopping automobiles, and getting into mischief generally, have become so numerous lately that members of the local police force have requested the Herald to say something about the dangers to which these children are exposed.
Very good, but why not go to the parents of the children and investigate as to whether they take any interest in their offsprings? If they do not- and some such there are- then the city or county authorities should take control of the little ones and send them to an orphanage or a reformatory where they will have a chance to learn something besides mischief. No man, no family, has a right to maintain a nuisance, and children who recognize no control are a menace to the community.
It is from the ranks of little lawbreakers that big lawbreakers come. Out of indifferent homes come indifferent citizens. Our jails are full of men and women with warped morals and stunted minds, which morals and minds most of them acquired in childhood and cultivated through youth.
The way to stop jail recruitments is to not permit children to grow up with the idea that deviltry is attractive, and that it is heroic to violate the laws of the land.”
As you can see from this editorial, there have always been those who blame parents for the behavior of their delinquent children.
Is your child misbehaving at school because he was born with an aggressive, mischievous personality or because you failed to train and discipline him? “Genes vs. environment” remains one of the most popular and controversial topics of discussion in psychology. Parents- especially motivated, involved, conscientious Christian parents-believe they are making a difference in their children’s lives. However, we all know children from such homes who are currently in rehab or jail. And studies show that peer associations and interactions may actually have more influence on childhood behavior than parental training. So how much of a difference can we actually expect to make in our child’s life? Like most parents of adult children, I will tell you that while I see some evidence of their childhood training, my offspring also exhibit values and behaviors they did not learn at home. Free will is both a gift and a curse.
I believe that each child arrives with a set of traits that are unique. We have no control over the type of child we get. We can only love, maintain, train, guide, and influence it to the best of our abilities. The end product- an adult- is a result of a million factors that interact in ways we will never be able to fully understand. So my advice to you is to continue to do the best you can, where you are, with the child you have…and leave the results to God.