By Dr. Allan Josephson
CEO of the Bingham Clinic
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Where is my son? What is he doing? The older a child gets, the less the question is asked but it should never be far from a parent’s consciousness. Recent events in Louisville - pre-teen and early teen youth roaming the waterfront area, terrorizing some individuals and physically confronting others - has been sobering. What do these events reveal?
One, people do things in groups they wouldn’t think of, or have the nerve to, do in groups.
But there is something more fundamental. For a certain period of a parent’s life, the fundamental concern is their child’s nurture, instruction and welfare. It is extremely difficult when there is only one parent providing this care and even more so if the one parent is a mother trying to control a teenage son. So where were the fathers of these boys (and they were overwhelmingly boys) who were out too late, behaving too aggressively and generally out of control?
In these days we hear immediate solutions - more police surveillance, mentoring programs for youth, monitoring of curfews. But let’s stand back from the trees and look at the forest. We need available fathers, engaged in their sons’ well being and supporting the mothers of their children. In the past consequences started with a mother’s stern, “Wait ‘til your father gets home.” In the future, let’s have a city where all fathers know where there kids are and consider them a number one priority.
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