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Bob's problems began during his formative years years. His parents got separated when he was young, and neither of them wanted to raise him or his brother and sister, so he was was raised by a foster family chosen by his parents' social worker. Unfortunately, his foster father was a strict parent and often beat him. Bob rebelled against this strict upbringing, and by the time he was eight, he was already committed the crime, stealing from shops and playing truant. By the time he reached teenage years, sometime around his 13,h birthday, he had already appeared in court several times, charged with children crime. The judge blamed his foster parents, explaining that children needed responsible parents and guardians who would look after them properly. The foster father objected to this, pointing out that Bob's siblings - his two brothers and sister - were well-adjusted children who behaved at home and worked well at school.

This has raised some interesting questions about the modern family system. While it is true that parents should not be too authoritarian with children by letting them do what they want when they want, or be too overprotective by sheltering them from the realities of life, it is also true that they should not be too strict. It has also highlighted the disadvantages of the modern nuclear family where the child has only its mother and father to rely on (or the single-parent family, in which the mother or father has to struggle particularly hard to support their children). In fact, many believe that we should return to traditional family values and the extended family: extensive research has shown that children from these families are generally better behaved and have a better chance of success in later life.