Should parents or caregivers be held legally resoponsible ....

May 5, 2007 8:11pm CST
for the actions of their child/children ? Who is too blame when a child goes wrong , who do we blame for this and who should be held responsible for this ? As parents we try to teach our children right from wrong but what happens when your child does not listen to your advice and does something to harm someone else ? What if your child is still too young to be charged , who is responsible or morally wrong in this situation ?
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
6 May 07
I think that society has a major problem with taking the blame for our own choices. I believe that too many people are putting the blame on someone or something else when they make wrong choices. We each have a brain and a body and we are constantly making choices. If we make a wrong choice, it is our own fault, not our parents fault and not the schools fault nor even our preachers fault. So many people try to put all the blame on others. This is just plain wrong. I think that a child should not be responsible for doing wrong things until the age of 8. That is not to say that if he were to kill a baby, it was not his fault because it is his fault. As parents we should try to encourage our children and help them learn how to live a moral life. But if they choose otherwise we are not to blame. Look at Cain and Able they had the same parents and the parents were rightous. One man choose the right and the other made a wrong choice. It was not the parents fault. If a child chooses to not listen to reason and lessons that the parents teach, it is the childs fault as long as the parents were persistant,
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
6 May 07
I really think that you need to base it upon a childs age. By the age of 12 a child should know right from wrong. The child should be held responsible. If a child is younger then twelve the custodial parent should be held responsible. It should also depend on what the child did wrong. What affect did it have on anyone.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
6 May 07
Hello,samtaylorskykierajen,if the child is too young too be charged,parents should bear part of the responsibility,parents should have taught them to do the right thing, but the choice is still up to the children whether to do it or not, if they choose to do the wrong thing,the parents cannot control them.