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Richton Park strengthens ordinance on parental responsibility

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 26, 2008, titled Richton Park strengthens ordinance on parental responsibility. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Believing it can take a village to raise a child, Richton Park has toughened its parental responsibility ordinance to try to keep kids on the straight and narrow.

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Agnes Blumgarten

Rockford, IL

#1 Sep 26, 2008
Why waste time and money to try and force some parents to do their jobs? If the parents fail in their actions to contain and control their children, simply take these kids from the patents. Put them into homes with good watchful people. Do this both privately and in group settings. Lazy and uncaring people have no right parenting.
hora

Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain

#2 Sep 26, 2008
Agnes Blumgarten wrote:
Why waste time and money to try and force some parents to do their jobs? If the parents fail in their actions to contain and control their children, simply take these kids from the patents. Put them into homes with good watchful people. Do this both privately and in group settings. Lazy and uncaring people have no right parenting.
there are some parents who don't care what their kids do, but then there are parents who care, but can't control them. The law has swung from, dont use corporal punishment, which I belive has allowed many kids to get out of control, to talk to your child and he will mind because you ask them to. But don't take away any privilege's, or turn off the t.v. because that's abuse. The alternative of taking teens away from parents and giving them to some one else is not realistic. Any parent of a teen is gonna hesitate to take on someone else's teenage problem child. And abuse in foster care is a problem too. One of my kids friends was a foster teen where the foster parents were praised in one paper article and a year later it was revealed that they were using the kids like slaves to care for their young kids and help them steal.

I belive the best solution is to have early intervention programs. There needs to be a wide variety of times so working parents can participate. Teens don't just get problems overnight, they are years in the making and often there are flags that the school system can asses for. There may just be one child out of control in a home and making a parent take time off from a job that supports the whole family is not a solution either when the parent has done everything he/she can to control the child including.
Tired of the BS

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 26, 2008
Wow I grew up in Richton Park and never had to worry about this. People took care of things. But that was before the demographics changed. Now they have careless people living there. People that believe it is up to others to care for them. Take a little pride in yourself. But that would go against what there Rev tell them.
tom

Waukegan, IL

#4 Sep 26, 2008
People who can't afford to support a child should not have children. Too many unemployed, unmarried women are having 3 or more children. It's a lot easier to keep 1 child under control than 3 or 5 or 8 or ...

It's much better public policy to discourage unmarried, unemployed women from having children. Right now, our laws seem to encourage unfit parents to have a lot of children, all at taxpayers expense.
NLS

Elmhurst, IL

#5 Sep 26, 2008
We need ordinances to control the parents who can't control their kids? There will be a lot of law breakers in Richton Park!!
hora

Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain

#6 Sep 26, 2008
tom wrote:
People who can't afford to support a child should not have children. Too many unemployed, unmarried women are having 3 or more children. It's a lot easier to keep 1 child under control than 3 or 5 or 8 or ...
It's much better public policy to discourage unmarried, unemployed women from having children. Right now, our laws seem to encourage unfit parents to have a lot of children, all at taxpayers expense.
What about the millions of dad's of all races, employment status and educational backgrounds that never pay a penny of child support or are not active in the lives of their children? Single parents don't always chose that. Some are divorced, widowed, or life did not happen as they planned it. Many of the troubled teen programs have intact 2 parent family. On the reverse, there are many single parents who do a better job than some 2 parent homes. BTW, Some single homes are headed by men now days. Intervention early on is better than incarceration later on.
fuzzy

Dartmouth, Canada

#7 Sep 26, 2008
funny ,when i lived there, i never heard of that. what happened to the neighborhood?????
Agnes Blumgarten

Rockford, IL

#8 Sep 27, 2008
hora wrote:
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there are some parents who don't care what their kids do, but then there are parents who care, but can't control them. The law has swung from, dont use corporal punishment, which I belive has allowed many kids to get out of control, to talk to your child and he will mind because you ask them to. But don't take away any privilege's, or turn off the t.v. because that's abuse. The alternative of taking teens away from parents and giving them to some one else is not realistic. Any parent of a teen is gonna hesitate to take on someone else's teenage problem child. And abuse in foster care is a problem too. One of my kids friends was a foster teen where the foster parents were praised in one paper article and a year later it was revealed that they were using the kids like slaves to care for their young kids and help them steal.
I belive the best solution is to have early intervention programs. There needs to be a wide variety of times so working parents can participate. Teens don't just get problems overnight, they are years in the making and often there are flags that the school system can **** for. There may just be one child out of control in a home and making a parent take time off from a job that supports the whole family is not a solution either when the parent has done everything he/she can to control the child including.
Parenting is not a community's job. It is the personal responsibility of parents.If the parents are unable or unwilling to meet their social needs and requirements, they should not have the rights of being parents. Making excuses is not a solution. Action is the solution. Forfeiture of children is the answer for unfit parenting.
Bob

Park Forest, IL

#9 Dec 21, 2008
It is about darn time....Get these kids off the street at 2am...I had to call in 4 or 5 fights one evening....By the last fight I told the 911 operator that I wanted to see someone arrested....the stuff has got to stop...
rpr

United States

#10 Jan 19, 2009
the problem with richton park is that the kids and parents dont care. even the police dont care. their trying now to make things better but its to late. you can also thank mayor daley. keep these animals in public housing projects. let them kill and hurt each ohter instead on innocent people. this is called population control. daley has his hands in all the lakefront property. why else do you think the projects are being torn down. it also depends on the public. when you see some shit heads out late loitering or being loud, call the cops. dont be afraid. the police need to enforce the law. HOLD THE PARENTS RESPONSIABLE. IF THEIR 18 OR OLDER, SEND THEM TO JAIL!

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