but that becomes a euphamism for public/govt services. I think U.S. was better off when adults parented children, and not just limited to the kid's parents. My grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, teachers, librarians . . they all told me when I need to do something or to stop doing it. For the most part, I didn't resent it (appreciated it less so during my defiant teen years). I learned from it. I learned to defer to my elders . . that they had my best interests at heart and learning gained from experience. Sadly, we don't have as much of this in America today. Even parents today don't tend to want other adults telling their kids what to do.