A father’s responsibility to his children

A father’s responsibility to his children

Imagine if you will the following conversation within a family.

    Son: Dad, I think you should know that my older Brother is doing some pretty immoral things, including encouraging his no-good friends to commit crimes.

    Dad: That is pretty bad. He shouldn’t do that.

    Son: Yeah. And my younger brothers and sisters are seeing him do this and they’re getting the wrong idea that this acceptable behavior.

    Dad: Okay, that’s not good either.

    Son: So, umm, are you going to do anything about it?

    Dad: He knows what I think of that behavior.

    Son: Yeah, but are you going to do anything about it?

    Dad: I talked to him last week.

    Son: At which point, he said to you that this was your point of view and he felt no obligation to be bound by it. Don’t you think you should take some sterner action like, maybe, cut off his allowance or threaten to cut him out of your will?

    Dad: All I hear is complaints from you asking what I’m going to do about your brother. “What are you doing about it? How is your voice heard?”

    Son: I’m telling you. You’re his father, not me and it’s your responsibility, not mine, to discipline your children.

You may find it apropos of certain things in the news.

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Domenico Bettinelli