Rules for Raising Delinquent Children

Rules for Raising Delinquent Children by the Houston Police Dept. (1958)

Rules for Raising Delinquent Children by the Houston Texas Police Dept. , 1958 (as recorded in Way of Salvation, August 1958, Ed. Pervie Nichols)
1)      Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up believing the world owes him a living.
2)      When he picks up ‘bad’ words or ‘dirty’ words, laugh at him. That will make him think he’s cute. He will run off and pick up some other words that will blow the top off your head.
3)      Never give him any spiritual training until he is 21 and then let him decide for himself. By the same logic, never teach him the English language. Maybe when he is old enough he may want to speak Bantee.
4)      Avoid the use of the word ‘wrong.’ It may develop in the child a guilt complex. This will prepare him to believe that when he is punished later on for stealing cars or assaulting women, society is against him and that he is being persecuted.
5)      Pick up everything after him him: his shoes, his books, his clothes. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing burdens on others.
6)      Let him read anything he wants. Have no concern whatever for what goes into his mind. Provide him with lily cups for lips, but let his brain drink out of any dirty container for words and ideas.
7)      Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they will be prepared for broken homes later on.
8)      Give him all the spending money he wants: never let him earn his own.
9)      Satisfy every craving of the child for food, drink, and everything that has to do with the sense of taste and touch, gratifying every sensual desire.
10)   Take his part against policemen, the teachers and neighbors. They are all ‘prejudiced’ against your child.
11)   When he gets into real trouble, always defend yourself and say, ‘I never could do anything with him.’


  1. I've seen it before but its still good. How true

  2. That sure seems like what happened to many kids.

  3. Reading this, I laughed a little, cringed a little and thought "Oh the horrible stereotypes." All in all, it made me want to go work on my thesis (which has everything to do with peacekeeping and youth in a school setting). Darn. This was supposed to be my morning off!!

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  6. Totally made me laugh!!!


  7. That's from the 50s? I can't believe how appropriate it is today. Scary, isn't it?


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