A Change is Gonna Come

A Change is Gonna Come

Alan Hill 05/04/2018 8
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I am reading Facebook less and less now and contributing even less. The stuff I read angers me intensely and what Facebook has the potential to become is something that was never intended.

However, I have been reading a lot of stuff recently about the number of murders and assaults that are taking place in the Capital and the apportionment of blame.

This is a political issue from what I read but not in the way most intend. Those with a right-wing persuasion are all taser them, bring back the birch and National Service while those on the left blame politicians and more regularly the police.

Blaming the police is even broken down into two distinct segments: On the one hand, there are not enough police on the streets or able to investigate every incident, while on the other they are blamed for inciting violence due to the way they treat minorities.

In social change, nothing happens overnight, and it is clear and obvious that the potential breakdown in the social fabric of the country has been slowly happening for many years.

The family is at the centre of every facet of life in Britain and it is the breakdown of the structure of the family that has brought us to where we are today. So many children are growing up in single-parent families without the guidance and discipline that has traditionally been the province of a father.

Of course, we can all say how that is an old-fashioned attitude and nowadays we are all so much about gender neutrality and LBGT rights that we have lost sight of what is important for the social fabric of our communities.

I feel that I have no prejudices at all, but we need to be careful not to project our views onto impressionable children.

It is my opinion that the issues being faced in London are 100% to be laid at the feet of the breakdown of the traditional family and the discipline that evokes. I am not talking about corporal punishment just ingraining respect for authority (without which the fabric of society collapses) which starts at home.

Blame the police, blame the Government but in the cold light of day, if you are a parent, blame yourself first.

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  • Molly Lizzie

    I recently became a mum and I believe in positive parenting

  • Josh Harrison

    Great article. I feel so guilty for losing my patience and yelling these past couple months. I am experiencing difficulties with my 7 year old son.

  • Dean Heslin

    Couldn't agree more.

  • Matthew Cassidy

    You are right.

  • Paul Gillman

    Can you provide good example of effective discipline?

  • Well, that depends on the age of the child. I believe that when a child is old enough to understand one of the first lessons is respect and that is give and take, but when punishment is necessary that needs to be denial. That is to say, in the early days the naughty step which denies the freedom to move around. Then taking away a favourite toy or game. As the child matures, reasoning and discussion play an important role as long as the child knows that the parent has the final say. It is perfectly OK for the child to disagree with the parent but not to go against his will. Some understanding of both sides of any discussion needs to be developed. For example when a child asks "why can't I do that" the answer is a rational explanation, not simply "because I said so.

  • Danny Gupwell

    This helped rewire my thinking because I was banging my head against the wall

  • Trevor Philips

    Outside thinking is amazing and not everyone has it

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Alan Hill

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Alan is an award-winning market commentator, providing bespoke content delivery for all aspects of the FX Industry. He has been working in the financial services industry for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience across banks in Europe, North America and the Middle East. A former trader, Alan holds a bachelor of business administration in Politics and Economics from the Mark Hall School.

   

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