Although I don’t care for the term “ju…

Although I don’t care for the term “juvenile delinquent”, I came across a different 12-steps related to raising juvenile delinquents. Those of us who work with at-risk teens will recognize these 12-steps – as they are crucial to raising children who encounter significant problems during their development – most often during adolescence.

What is particularly interesting is that these steps come from the Houston, TX police department!

The 12 Steps to Raising a Juvenile Delinquent can be found at: or are listed here:

1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.

2. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they won’t be so shocked when the home is broken up later.

3. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he’s cute.

4. Give the child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own.

5. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is twenty-one and then let “him decide for himself”.

6. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that his every sensual desire is gratified.

7. Avoid the use of “wrong”. He may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested, that society is against him and he is being persecuted.

8. Let him read any printed material, and listen to any music he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage.

9. Pick up everything he leaves lying around. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.

10. When he gets into real trouble, apologize to yourself by saying, “I could never do anything with him.”

11. Take his part against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.

12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will likely have it.

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5 Responses to Although I don’t care for the term “ju…

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  2. Arlene says:

    What is your definition of a juvenile delinquent? Do at risk students at FFS fall into this catagory? In my opinion, I don’t feel that my child is a juvenile delinquent. Is she an at risk student? Probably. I say she is a teenager who made poor choices and needs guidance to get back on the right path.

  3. Robin Schecher says:

    I agree-I did alot of those things-giving money for nothing, picking up all the time after my daughter, allowing her to hang with peer groups who I felt were not nice girls. She is now a dfiant, spoiled brat who fights with us all the time and only wants her own way-no compromise. We did try to give her a sprititual base but now she mocks us and she says she does believe in God. We are sad that we are dealing with a fourteen year old who has become a stanger to us. We so want our daughter back.

  4. Craig says:

    Too bad this advice always seems directed toward parents with teenagers instead of birthing classes.

  5. Lisa Reynolds says:

    Yes, that all makes sense however, I can honestly say, the only two wrongs I have made is the poor music he has chosen and spiritually he feels he has no interest. I still have a very difficult and impulsive child who does not fear consequence.

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