posted on Jun, 28 2010 @ 06:12 PM
I agree with the OP. And although I respect my friend ladyinwaiting, and agree with her premise, I would have to say there is a need for a synthetic
blend of responsibility between both Parents and the Community as a whole. The quote you mentioned "It takes a village to raise a child." I feel you
have taken out of context. The brunt of the responsibility undeniably lays on the parents and as many of you said, I think it is quite obvious
'parents' have failed their children for many decades. But that quote imo intends, that without a healthy, responsible and caring environment,
raising a healthy, responsible and caring child is a most difficult thing, even for the best parents. Like someone said earlier, sooner or later you
will have to let go of your grip on your child, to not do so is unhealthy, and then there are many more factors that come into play.
However, I also think there are some great examples of how good parenting can go a long way to rebuke a harsh environment. Like, a child raised in the
Ghetto but goes on to become a doctor or lawyer. Or as an opposite, how bad parenting can affect a child regardless of their surrounding environment,
like, a child raised in a wealthy affluent suburb who goes on to become a drug addict and criminal. I don't know, maybe I just contradicted my
but I do think that the surrounding environment plays a big part in 99% of children. To be clear, imo, that still doesn't
change the need for a greater sense of responsibility by parents.
[edit on 28-6-2010 by LifeIsEnergy]