Should parents be held morally responsible for all of the behavior their children engage in?


    Ahem. To begin, apples provide a large source of potassium to underage parents whose children refuse to work more than 40 hours a week in sweatshops to provide care for their parents. How ungrateful those 7-year-olds are, not caring for their parents! Yeah, that's pretty much it. This is a filler to meet the word count requirement.

  • No, there is only so much a parent can do.

    Parents may do everything they can to teach their children manners, respect, and proper behavior, but at the end of the day, the kids still make their own choices. Children are not robots, and are able to follow or disregard their parents' advice. Parents can certainly impact a child's decisions through discipline, instruction, and the opportunities offered to the child, but they should not be held responsible when a child purposely engages in bad behavior.

  • Older children know right from wrong

    Children do not know right from wrong until the age of 5 or 6. At the same time, they are not born with an innate sense of morals. Morals are learned, and most children learn them from the adults in their lives. If a child know right from wrong and intentionally chooses to do something wrong, the child should be held responsible.

  • No, parents should not be held morally responsible for all of the behavior of their children.

    While parents, in most instances, are primary guides and influences in the lives of their children, they are not the only individuals that play this role. Particularly in this age of nearly ubiquitous communication technology, from an early age, children are impacted by influences from sources and resources well beyond the family unit. The moral development of these children is impacted not only by parents but by these external sources and influences.

  • Children ultimately make their own decisions.

    Parents are not morally responsible for all their children's actions. Parents train their children with morals, but ultimately the children choose to obey or disobey their parents' teachings. Some children are rebellious by nature, and no amount of punishment will stop them from trying to stretch the boundaries of things they will attempt to perform.

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