Poor parenting skills in America are outlined by the terms set through the Department of Child Safety (DCS), which state a family must provide a shelter, food and care and prevent abuse. Failure to uphold the outlined standards will result in legal action, as stated by the DCS.
The Department of Child Services has strict guidelines as to what describes poor parenting. A parent or guardian that falls into this section is categorized as a potential abuse suspect. The types of characteristics that describe poor parenting include, but are not limited to:
- Inability to provide a safe home environment, including food, clothing, comfort and shelter
- Causing non-accidental injuries, such as broken bones or bruises
- Leaving a child in a hot and abandoned vehicle
- Exposing a toddler or infant to a drug not prescribed by a doctor
- Diagnosis of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Any sexual contact committed towards or including the children in question
Continual issues with the parents will result in them losing custody of their children.
However, other countries have different means of raising children, according to The Wall Street Journal. The French for example are seen as one of the leading cultures in childcare, and raise their children by restraining themselves. For example, when a baby cries in the middle of the night, the parents allow them to fall back to sleep without intervening. What can possibly be viewed as neglect or poor parenting in America is considered acceptable in France.