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PARENTS LETTING KIDS RAISE SELVES

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In response to the letter from Robert W. English (Forum, April 28). He, like many of us, is angry with the way a few of the younger generation have raised themselves. Spraying graffiti, shooting one another out in the street and so on.

I am 55 years old and have watched young mothers have to go to work to feed the kids and help make the house payment. The mothers are often not at home when the children come home from school, and so they don't have the relationship with their children that makes children love and want to obey them.Kids will be kids, but they don't have to commit murder to grow up. They will be much better when they love their parents and try to please them.

Beating a kid with a bamboo cane will do little good when there is not open love at home.

I have taught school in an upscale neighborhood where moms and dads had two or three jobs to make a $2,000-a-month house payment. I quit teaching there because I couldn't teach the children who were raising themselves.

Parents should live within their means and let mothers act like mothers. It wouldn't hurt if fathers would spend time with the children on a regular occasion.

Larry Fletcher

Bountiful