Are you a good parent? Think about that for a minute, and then answer these questions. Afterward, maybe you'll be satisfied with your parenting skills ... or maybe not.
Do you buy your kids the latest Jordans, cell phone or other cool tech-toy? If so, why? Is it to make up for not spending enough time with him or her? Is it to keep up with the Joneses? Or is it because your child has worn you down, and you find it easier to give in?
Do your kids go to school every day? Are you sure they actually stay and go to class? Kids can be pretty sneaky and will find ways to do what they want, often failing to own up to their misdeeds.
Do you "help" your kids with homework? That is, do you do it for them?
Do you consider it acceptable for your child to argue with, use profanity toward or threaten an adult? Or do you teach them to respect adults and authority?
Do you run to your child's school upon learning that he/she is in trouble? Do you take your child's version of the situation at face value, rather than accept what the administrator, teacher, or staff member tells you?
Do you spend most of your leisure time in front of the TV, or do you make an effort to do things with your child? Sure, there are many entertaining and educational programs on these days, but children grow up too fast, and lost opportunities will never come again.
Does your child see you reading? It can be a lifetime joy, transporting us to distant worlds, and taking us out of our daily routine.
Do you get up and go to work, not only to earn a living but to be a productive member of society?
If you don't have a paying job, do you make an effort to contribute to your community in a positive way? Or do you complain, waiting for others to step forward and make improvements?
Do you teach your children they will have to earn their way in adulthood, either through a skilled trade or a college education? Or do you give them the impression that it is society's responsibility to supply their needs?
Do you teach your sons to respect females, and your daughters to respect themselves?
I work at a high school. Every day I meet smart, funny, unique kids. Due to the nature of my job, I also come in contact with those who fail to show respect to adults, because they feel we have "dissed" them, kids who spew profanity. These kids don't come to school for an education; instead they wreak havoc, stealing, fighting and disrupting the classrooms.
So, I ask you -- Do you still think you're a good parent?
Are you sure?
Maris Bennet is an Antioch resident and school employee.