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Letter to the editor: Parents, be responsible and educate children about respect

Sadly, we hear about those in positions of authority who are abusing children and covering up abuses. Worse, this is nothing new. I grew up at a time when we were taught to accept authority figures and whatever punishments they meted out, be they physical, verbal or mental. As children, we were taught that questioning was wrong.

As parents, my husband and I taught our children to respect themselves and others, and we communicate with one another. How hard is it to put down your devices or leave them at home? Try it. Have an actual conversation at dinner. Don’t blame your children for burying themselves in their phones and on social media. Do they see you do it? Are you teaching your children that everyone is being offensive? Are you teaching your children that they are entitled without actually working for something?

Parents, teach your children, listen to them and help them understand what respect is. Take the responsibility yourselves. Stop blaming everyone else. Do bring people to justice for hurting yourselves and others. Show your children the right way to help themselves. We don’t live in those old days anymore. Parents, be responsible.

Pamela McCarthy

Bethel Park

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