Thank you my guest poster Nachshon Zohari who brought this letter to the editor that appeared in Mishpacha magazine (Issue 219, 27 Tammuz, 5768) to my attention. He points out that it touches on one of the major challenges to encouraging children's attachment to their parents. It is worth reprinting.
"Rabbi S. Aisenstark brought out some very valid points, but he claims that parents are part of the problem and that chinuch is not only the school's or yeshivah's job. He is very right, except for the fact that educational institutions of today do not allow any time for parents to educate their children. My children leave our house at 8:00 am and come home at 5:30 pm. Then they have homework for a minimum of 45 minutes. Add to that all the other activities which the school requires them to do in their own time, like play practice, yearbook, monthly newsletter, G.O. carnivals,shmiras haloshan, etc., etc., etc.
Parents have almost no time besides Shabbos and Yom Tov to interact with their children and show them what a Yiddish home is supposed to look like. They come out of school thinking life is just fun and games (like in camp). It looks like the educational institutions do not trust parents. They also do not teach the children any life skills. Today what is most important to get along with other people is to be a mensch. They come out of our institutions thinking money grows on trees. All I get home from school is "Send money for this or that." The children want everything on a platter and it is not the parents who want it this way."