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Housework, just because "we've been doing it that way for years" is not good reason to continue. You are sounding a little like a stick in the mud. I agree that we need to start addressing the problem at home at an early age.
I've seen the differance between parents who want to be parents and parents who want to be friends. Huge differance how these teenagers make decisions that affect their lives
I don't think anything more needs to be said, bravo
I've got to say that reading the answers to these questions cracks me up. What exactly to the 70% of people who don't think enough has been done to curb underage drinking think that the community can and should do about detering this activity? Grand Futures has been in Moffat County for years and years using grant dollar after grant dollar after grant dollar in the name of detering underage drinking. It hasn't worked. The high school, police department, newspaper have worked diligently to make sure that awareness exists about this issue and that education programs are funded. Ok - we are all aware that underage drinking is a problem in Craig - it is a problem across the country.
But Underage drinking is the responsibility of parents first. There are a million ways for a teenager to find trouble if he or she wants to. It's no different than anything else - where there is a will, there is a way. It's the job of parents in the home to take away the will; to enforce consequences; to rage a war against underage drinking, sex, drugs, whatever else it is that parents don't want their children to do. If you are a parent whose teen has a drinking problem, step up, take control and handle the situation.
That's not to say that outside resources aren't necessary and that there shouldn't be branches for you to reach out and hang on to, but it starts at home. The family roots are what keeps the tree strong. If you are a parent who just believes that society will take care of your child and will implement programs that make them stop drinking, you should plan to just pick your child up at the Moffat County jail one day real soon.
Yes, teenagers HAVE been doing this kind of stuff forever...and parents, as well, have been supplying them, hosting them and their friends for parties, and saying it's okay for nearly as long...not to mention yelling and screaming at the system about how "you're picking on my good kid" when they get in troub. You're right guys...it starts at home...and perhaps the greatest need is for parents to step up to the plate and set a better example.
I'll second that! Too many people seem to think that it is someone else's job to take care of their kids. It all starts at home...
By the time parents pick a child up from jail. it is too late. The child's self image is ruined for years to come. Parental involvement has to start in early childhood by inbvolving the child in an activity, of not the parents choosing, but that of the child. But beware of the "little league syndrome." Too often the activity becomes the parent's avtivity and the child could care less about it.
Come on people, teenagers have been doing this kind of stuff forever. No, it's not good, it's not smart but teenagers will be teenagers. We just have to hope that as parents we have instilled enough value in them to help the kids make better choices, If they made adult choices they'd be adults, we all did crazy things and this generation is no different.
Alot of the problem is the 18-20 year olds. Not old enough to go to the bar, but dont have parents in their ear telling them what to do.
Ok, I'm sure I'm the only one in Craig that has never heard of Grand Futures... but that being said... this town has very little to offer for recreation. (yes, here come the sports parents.) You have to look at it from other perspectives. There are kids/teens here that don't enjoy sports, or they enjoy alternative sports... what are they to do? Those that are in sports... when games aren't going... same issue, perhaps we can look to the community for suggestions... recreation center that doesn't charge $100 + to get a season pass... ? Indoor paintball arena, skating (and not the ice kind..) Pool, air hockey... back to the simple stuff? Available to kids and teens alike... that might help. But yes, parents do make a difference... and apparently there are some that need to work on being more involved.
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