Don’t Ask the Kids | Leonard Sax

Distrust of authority is now the American norm. In 1964, 77 percent of Americans said that they trusted the government to do the right thing most of the time or all of the time. In 2012, only 22 percent of Americans agreed that the government could be trusted.

Because the first job of the parent is to teach the children, not to consult them. When the doctor says that you have to get a Strep test, then you get a Strep test. You have to eat your vegetables before you eat dessert. School is a place to learn, not a fashion show or a social club, and you must dress and behave accordingly. These are essential lessons. Parents must also teach their children right from wrong. No child is born knowing right from wrong. Children have to be taught…

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