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Pediatrician challenges colleagues to spend more time teaching parents
9/28/2013 11:28:33 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Dr. Parnell Donahue, pediatrician from Brentwood, Tennessee spoke yesterday at the 45th annual meeting of the Irish and American Pediatric Society in Charleston, South Carolina. Donahue challenged pediatricians to spend more time teaching parents the essentials of parenting.

"We are failing our families and their children," Donahue said. "Every day last year 208 children were arrested for violent crimes, 467 children for drug crimes, 914 babies were born to teen mothers, and 1,825 children were abused or neglected. That's evidence that we pediatricians have failed."

He explained that pediatricians were only a small part of the problem but can, and must, be a large part of the solution.

He pointed to social media, violent video games, and obscene movies filled with violence and sexual conduct as part of the problem. He called attention to the low level of church attendance as evidenced by closed churches and empty cathedrals.

"Society has taught our parents that kids do not need restraint or boundaries. Parents learn that anything goes as long as it contributes to their child's 'self-esteem!'

Consequently we see loss of respect for others as well as for their property. No wonder we see so much murder, rape, and other crimes."

He discussed some parenting tools which every family has or could have that will help thwart this explosion of delinquency. He described dinner together, the "Off" button, and organized religion as just some of the implements parents can use to instill a moral compass in their children. "Not many parents consider peers, chores, or work as parenting helpers." But Donahue says, "They are some of the everyday things that help kids grow into the adults we hope them to be."

Dr. Par then introduced his new parenting book, 'Tools for Effective Parenting,' which, he said, contained the tools needed for good parenting.

He closed by urging parents to, "Be the person you want your kids to become."

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