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Published: Saturday, May 10 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

That's an interesting concept, but I disagree. How about teaching kids accountability? Instead of tossing them into detention, how about requiring that they repair what they broke and repay what they destroyed? How about giving them a small dose of "adult" responsibility?

We are told to teach our children to know right from wrong. If they choose to do the wrong thing, let them feel the natural consequence. If they had to work for a week or a month to pay for damages to a fence or for smashing watermelons, they might realize that destroying the property of others has a cost. If they want to pay the price for their "fun", then at least they would do it knowing that no one gets a free ride.

Thinking that the City will repair the fence or that the grocer was too rich only teaches disrespect. Giving them a life-long record for stupidity serves no purpose either, but showing them that actions have consequences and that "manning up" means working hard to repair or replace might have the desired effect.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Instructions don't come with kids. All I can do is my best to raise adults.

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