Teach your children well

When I signed on to do this blog, I had no initial intent to parent bash, because I figure plenty of people on the Internet are better equipped to cover the politics of the child raising industry than I. And Lord knows no one is perfect and everyone has different parenting styles that work for them. But I think about the number of times I’ve considered walking up to someone behaving like a complete jerk toward their child, or worse, with the express purpose of telling them off. I’ll just do it here, though I doubt they read this.

It just seems like some parents don’t want to parent. The lack of responsibility, maturity and brains in some people used to be held secret behind their own doors, but now, they’re letting it run rampant in the general public – and even calling the police to handle their business.

I recently spoke with a couple who work in law enforcement in Kentucky. One specifically works with juveniles and said he can’t count how many calls he’s received from parents asking him to come wake up their kid to force them to go school. He had even more stories similar to that. Really, people? You don’t call the police for that kind of crap.

Kids these days, and parents too for that matter, are becoming more rude and need to understand that they must earn respect, not command it.

What happened to mom or dad being the parent? It seems some just want to be their kids’ friend instead, or perhaps it’s just pure laziness. And kids will mimic their parents’ behavior.

One woman told me she doesn’t like to get mad at her kids and allows them do what they want because she doesn’t see them all day. She works until late evening and is a single mom. She loves her kids, but they are hellions. She was working on gaining a bit more family support, which is always helpful. I told her, I know you love them, but loving them also requires helping them to become good people – ones of which you can be even more proud. Being a parent can be hard work at times, but the end result can be truly rewarding.

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