"Ghetto parenting is cursing around, and at, a child. Ghetto parenting is letting your child roam the streets until
somebody else's mother has to tell the child to go home."
Shocked? Bored? Me, too. This is from a recent Mary Mitchell column and a followup in which some readers thought Mitchell was denigrating poor families while others thought she was doing a valuable service in calling out bad parenting. There's a roundup of the coverage on the New York Times parenting blog called Motherlode: A New Term for Lousy Parenting.
Let's skip over the question of whether there is such a thing as ghetto parenting. We all know that there is. The real question is what are the acceptable uses of the term? Is it useful, or offensive, or both? Do you have to BE ghetto to describe something as ghetto? Have you (would you) ever used the term out loud?
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