The present times are witnessing a widening gulf between
parents and their children. The communication gap is
ever-increasing. Barring some exceptions, it is the parents
who are responsible for this. They do not give enough
attention to the children in their childhood and seldom care
for their moral development.
Before parents realize this folly, the children develop
certain bad habits. Some of the most horrible of these are
drug and alcohol intake. It is then that the parents suddenly
wake up from their slumber. They then undertake all sorts of
measures to curb these bad habits. The worst of these measures
is scolding and threatening them of dire consequences.
Many a time, it is too late at this juncture for them to
undertake any remedial measure.
Parents must realize that bad habits can develop in any child
– even at times in a child who is brought up well. The best
way to deal with such children is to build trust in them and
help them in getting rid of these habits. Parents should not
be harsh to their children to the extent that the children shy
away from them and, if fact, dread them if they have done
Parents must realize that the most successful parents are
those whose children come to them – before going to anyone
else – to confess any wrong they may have done.