Parents play a significant role in the upbringing of children. Improper parenting methods together with parents’ inability to be good role models impair the healthy development of children physically, morally, and emotionally. If parents are immoral, lack affection towards their children, and ill-treat them, the children may suffer long-term consequences (Kim & Kim, 2008). Such children are usually withdrawn and stressed among other emotional issues. Once such children meet with friends who are delinquent, they are usually easily influenced to adapt their behavior to belong and feel wanted (Kim & Kim, 2008). Such behavior may be internalized and result in repeat offending in adulthood.
Delinquency among children and adolescence that may result in criminal behavior can be averted if parents play their role effectively. As the primary caregivers, parents are the sole influencers of behavior. A parent should be able to question a child’s behavior and punish him or her. When children are supervised and punished for their mistakes, they realize that actions have consequences (Brenda, 2010). Parents should also be advised on the best methods to punish their children to avoid harshness, which drives the children from homes to streets.
While parents play a significant role in how their children turn out in adolescence and adulthood, at times, children become delinquent and end up being habitual criminals despite them being raised well. Some undiagnosed psychological disorders have been known to make people prone to committing acts of crime. Harsh life situations, such as poverty and unemployment may also drive individuals to commit crimes habitually.
Indeed, parents have a significant influence on their children’s growth. If parents are not good examples to their children, the children are likely to reflect bad behaviors portrayed by parents. However, they are not the only ones that influence the behavioral outcomes of children.
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Kim, H. S., & Kim, H. S. (2008). The impact of family violence, family functioning, and parental partner dynamics on Korean juvenile delinquency. Child psychiatry and human development, 39(4), 439-453.