On what would have otherwise been a peaceful morning at the beach, my family and I were startled by the sound of someone yelling. An obviously angry and out-of-control mother was yelling at her daughter. The teenager listened, then retreated to her chair and cried and cried. I wondered if this mother realized the damage done to this young woman's soul. The depth of her sobbing was difficult to ignore, and yet I did not go over to her for fear of being accused of interfering in someone else's business.
I truly believe that if we are to expect respect from our children, of all ages, then it is all of our business to be respectful to them. If uncontrolled anger is affecting our relationships with our children, then it is our responsibility to get some help.
To the mother at Mondos Beach at Faria on Labor Day: Please, get help. In order to achieve some measure of peace in our world, we ought to remember what Mother Teresa said, "Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families."
In a world that is characterized by uncertainty and terrorist threats, it does not seem too much to ask that children not be terrorized by their own parents.
— Susan Elizabeth Strassel, Ventura