Treasure Island

Terence G. Craddock

(Westport New Zealand)

Dysfunctional Parenting?

parents who give
everything to children
are not kind but cruel?

is this manifestation
of fool mentality
materialistic gloating?

breaks makes rule?

substitute parenting
replacing loving

with possessions
no time for own children
guilt trip gift cop out

syndrome chronic symptoms?

ever noticed how spoilt
brats can be ungrateful
demanding lacking

self control
are parents
of spoilt

brat children
lazy indifferent
or do they lack?

basic parenting skills
the inability
to say a simple


bloated heads inflated egos
do sometimes characterize elite
privilege parents incapable

of thinking

need ability
to discipline

their immunity

their responsibility


in public

yes some children
are extremely difficult
born with chemical

fancy name

hot wire switch
into eruptive minds

but think
about reasons

other child

self control

could it be
your constantly
giving in

to their every whim
is reason they screaming
public tantrum cry?

let loose your child
is free to go wherever
it wants run wherever

it wants do whatever
it wants scream
yell whenever it wants

to run free without rules

because you set
your child free
with indifference

without caring
without responsibility
then one day

you rue

did your child
go wrong


social divide

freedom is good
but no rules
is wrong

I do not give in
first I embrace them
and in the quiet

of a few still seconds
pattern decisions
ferment in still mind

quick fix parents
give in to their child/childrens'
every wish swift

to their every demand
buying gifts gadgets

at their every whim
upon demand

ask and you shall receive
guilt give in parents might
work long hours

rain down upon
their neglected children
substitute gifts

in guilt floods
bullied parents
buying latest

must have items
of not keeping

up with the Jones
too weak to say no?
children spoilt

rule rein
while parents

the shell out

buying latest
craze toys
buying child


teaching instant
but no future

money management skills

in credit crunch
destitution children

of looking
after themselves

as future
husband wife

leave these
time bombs
on shelves?

Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Submitted: Saturday, March 01, 2014
Edited: Saturday, March 01, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in February 2014 on the 25&27.2.&3.1.2014.
Complete version of the split images
'Replacing Loving Interaction With Possessions',
'Spoilt Brats Can Be? ',
'Screaming In Public Display Tantrums? ,
'Children With Chemical Hot Wire Switches',
'Child Demanding Ungrateful',
'Child Set Free With Indifference',
'Children Spoilt Rule Rein'
'Buying Child Popularity' and
'My Childrens' Demands' by Terence George Craddock.

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  • Lyn Paul (3/1/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    Great words making us all stop and think. All just wanting the right answer. Dysfunction can also be one be too weak and the other just wanting to gain balance for all. Thank you (Report) Reply

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