I like Benny. A very good man.
Wow, this is a rare moment where I agree with Impartial. Disclaimer:
My oldest child is slightly younger and not quite to this stage in life, but I
am open enough to my own faults as a parent to say that I might/will need a
"parent ranch" at some point in my life. I certainly have
my flaws as a father, but I have found that my flaws are largely magnified when
I'm not fully engaged with my kids during their challenges. Perhaps time
will change my perspective as they get older. But when I'm engaging my
children with their problems and helping them find solutions, my relationship
with them is better, in the "moment", after we've worked it out.
After enough of these "moments", hopefully lasting change should be
seen.The moral and ethical education side of this issue - from a
public perspective - is a much different question. Whose morals, whose ethics
are being taught? Where and how are they being taught? Now, ideally, the
parent would be doing this.I know that the biggest issue I had in my
life with my parents growing up is that I didn't feel like we were on the
same page, and by the time I felt we were, what my parents thought/tried to
teach, had little impact on me.
"In Utah, troubled youths benefit from a plethora of residential treatment
options. The environment here is welcoming to such centers, which benefit from
being located in rustic, distraction-free settings, as well as laws allowing
parents more say over their teenagers’ care."The author
should include a "caution" statement. Many of these places are banned in
other states. Utah has very lax oversight, regulation and certification
requirements. Many of these places are owned/operated by Utah lawmakers and
former lawmakers which explains the lack of regulation. Also, they'll take
anyone with the money or insurance (very expensive). Some parents use these
places as a "You fix my kid" solution. These kids didn't get to
that point overnight. Perhaps there should be "Parent ranches" for
people that don't put in the effort to raise their own kids properly.