Are Parents Bad for Children?
Not so long ago, parents were generally looked upon as repositories of wisdom and rectitude, and they were the unchallenged custodians of their children’s welfare. But today parents are relentlessly assailed as abusive, and unworthy of their authority over children.
Just take television, where last season alone, Americans have seen and heard countless tales of parental cruelty and lasciviousness—child beatings, sexual molestations, and even murder. From the testimonials of the Oprah Winfrey show, to the movie Child of Rage, to the Prime Time segment devoted to “Satanic Child Abuse,” TV has spread the disconcerting impression that everywhere sick and/or evil parents are brutalizing the young lives so carelessly entrusted to their care.
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