Children Need Policy [1]

by Harvey Jackins

A correct attitude by a parent to a young person does not include permissiveness to a pattern that is creating difficulties for the young person (and the people around him or her).

A young person being forced by a pattern to be messy, destructive, or thoughtless of others needs a firm interruption of the pattern by the parent (or other aware adult). The interruption will usually bring discharge and then, of course, the discharge must be permitted and assisted thoroughly.

To not interrupt such a pattern is to abandon the young person to behavior which spoils his or her relationships with others and prevents much of his or her enjoyment of the world.

[1]  Appeared in Present Time No. 9, October 1972.

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