Young people are not aliens

PUBLISHED: 16:57 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

Your front page story (July 30, Honiton edition) gives me great concern. Of course, the police need to address anti-social behaviour but I doubt that writing letters to parents will have the desired effect. I have spent more than 30 years working with chi

Your front page story (July 30, Honiton edition) gives me great concern. Of course, the police need to address anti-social behaviour but I doubt that writing letters to parents will have the desired effect.I have spent more than 30 years working with children and young people in Honiton and, in my experience, the vast majority of parents are doing the best they can but still struggle with parenting in a world that is so different from the one they grew up in. Many parents themselves suffered from poor parenting providing them with inadequate role models and leaving them poorly equipped for the job. When are we as a society going to stop treating the next generation of adults as aliens that we must fight and diminish at every opportunity, and provide parents with the professional support they need to parent well. We need to help them nurture and develop their children's potential, providing adequate boundaries so that their children can grow into secure, mature, useful members of society.Children are not just our future, they are also our present. They deserve respect and the resources that will enable the five outcomes of 'Every Child Matters' (The Children Act 2004) to be achieved.Lynn MartinMarily HouseBowling Green LaneHoniton


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