'Our youth love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for older people. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble their food and tyrannise their teachers.'
So said Socrates in the sixth century BCE.
So the police have sent out guidance to schools to pass on to parents about anti social behaviour during the summer holidays.
Where I grew up a ditch separated the back gardens of two rows of houses behind my home. One game was trying to get from the bottom of the hill to the top by navigating the ditch, occasionally crossing gardens when it became private property.
In the school holidays my friend and I tried to do this but reached a garden where an owner was outside.
Waiting on the corrugated roof of a shed for the coast to be clear (as you do) I became aware of a creaking sound. This turned to a cracking noise and I plummeted into the shed through the collapsing roof.
A belated apology to the owners of number approximately 24 Serpentine Road for the shed reduction provision.
Most of us did something in our teenage years that, if caught, would have seen us charged with anti-social behaviour.
The school holidays are times for exploring barriers - adventures stopping one short of mischief. We will do well to occupy our children's time with activity. Writer Garrison Keillor praised:
'Selective ignorance, a cornerstone of child-rearing. You don't put kids under surveillance: it might frighten you. Parents should sit tall in the saddle and look upon their troops with a noble and benevolent and extremely near-sighted gaze.'
If you are without sin please feel free to cast the first stone.