Poor Parenting and Juvenile Delinquency

Crime rates among children and adolescents aren’t necessarily on the rise, but a recent string of juvenile criminal activities around us might indicate that the perpetrators are getting younger and more violent, according to local child and teen behavioural experts. Children as young as 10 have been involved in crimes recently.
Every parent dreams to have his or her child grow up into a responsible person. Even though every parent wishes the best for his or her child, at times bad parenting gets in the way of achieving this. Bad parenting has lots of negative effects in the life of your child. It is therefore important for each and every parent to evaluate his or her parenting skills so as to know the effects of such parenting on the child.
While it is impossible to be an all-round perfect parent, it is never wrong to try and be the best that you can be. Since a parent guides the child, moulding him or her into the person they ultimately become and also acts as a role model, bad parenting can spell destruction for your child which leads to Juvenile delinquency. The most common parenting mistakes made include neglecting the child and not correcting him or her. This leads to a number of problems in the children.
The common effects of bad parenting on children include:
Inability to have long lasting friendships and relationships
This mostly happens when the child is not reprimanded or punished for the mistakes they make. The child therefore grows up knowing that he or she is in control and is ever right. He or she becomes a spoilt child who believes that he or she must always have their way in everything. This has negative effects on the relationships that the child gets into. Co-existing with others becomes difficult and such a child is more likely to make more enemies than friends.
Bad parenting can also cause psychological disorders to a child.
This happens especially of the child grows up in a family where there is a lot of abuse whether physical or emotional. This also occurs when a child suffers from neglect as a child. Such children may have difficulty in making friend and trusting people as they find it easier to push people away than to open up.
Depression and low self-esteem can also be caused by bad parenting.
A child who is never allowed to make decisions, and who is constantly criticized, belittled and who goes through abuse is likely to have low self-esteem. It becomes worse when the child goes through sexual abuse as a child. Such forms of abuse are also known to make children more prone to violent behaviour. Children who are exposed to abuse and violence are likely to become violent people. They grow up believing that violence is the only way to solve issues.
Bad parenting makes a child more prone to criminal behaviours.
Neglected children and those who are exposed to abuse are more likely to be prosecuted for juvenile delinquency. Other common effects of bad parenting include failure to thrive and poor growth and development both physically and mentally. It can also lead to poor performance in school because his or her needs are not met at home. Children exposed to poor parenting are more likely to be withdrawn and stressed this negatively affects their performance.
The family should possess an optimistic virtue towards life and towards society. Parents and elder siblings should guide the children about the positive values, norms and standards of society in this way the children will be able to perform the right codes to the society. Family is the role model and pillar of every child and the behaviour by the parents and siblings can give motivation and inspiration to the child to behave positively. Government should support families that have poor economic and financial condition. Parents should also teach children the importance of respecting laws of society. Parents should tell their children the consequences of breaking laws that government has made for public safety and betterment. Parents should make sure that they observe equality of rights, justice and condemn discrimination.
(The author is a post graduate in International Laws and is presently legal cum probationary officer in the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) of J&K Government. He can be reached at: [email protected])

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