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Credit to Jay Monee for bringing this to my attention. There is a reality TV show now, "The World's Strictest Parents." See http://parentingsquad.com/five-lessons-from-the-worlds-strictest-parents Kids who have not been exactly model children are put in the hands of these parents. What's interesting to me is that it is still a parental unit rather than a school or camp program that is entrusted with getting the kids back on the derech, so to speak. The approach is pretty much that of a fairly tightly controlled family -- a benign dictatorship, if you will. The five lessons the writer extracts used to be considered fairly fundamental in Jewish families. They are: 1. Education is critical. 2. Respect for authority is non-negotiable. 3. The kids must be involved. 4. Expectations are clear 5. The family is bigger than the individual.