Smith: Parent alert: Don't let your kids run wild

photo Robin Smith

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a parent is "a person who is a mother or father; a person who has a child."

Yet, that word parent isn't just a noun. It's also a verb.

The same reference book defines "to parent" as "to be or act as the parent of" a child.

Reading further, the use of the verb conveys the various facets of parenting, such as love, provision, discipline and oversight.

In reading various news accounts over the last few days, it seems the action verb "parenting" has been forgotten by too many.

Last week, Dalton, Ga., police officers were suspended without pay for two days, received written reprimands and ordered to complete 40 hours of community service in the area of youth programs after using profanity on a school bus carrying middle-school students.