You know this topic is so easy to cover. To me the answer is simple DO NOT DO IT!!!! If you have kids then DON’T ALLOW IT!!! It really is that simple. No ifs, ands or buts.
I know there is not many years separating my generation from the one following after me. Still, it’s amazing how different the children act now to the parents. You know I could see it now. Don’t think I’d be where I am today if I tried some of the things they try now. How do you tell a parent what you will and won’t do? That is wrong on so many levels. No discipline at home, therefore no manners in public either. Even now as an adult, I still wouldn’t do those things I see happening, let alone as a minor. Mind you a minor isn’t paying any bills and still looking for mommy and daddy to bail them out of trouble. No, I’m not saying put them to work using child labor, or abusing your children, or any of those things. What I am saying, there is a line, a line you just don’t cross.
Some of the issues are children raising children. They just don’t know how to be parents. What can a 15 year old teach a child about life? They haven’t lived life to know. Then you have the issue where children are raising themselves or the television is raising them. Either way, that is not helping the cause either. It’s time to get a better handle on things.
Go ahead and say it. I know I don’t have children of my own. Yet, still, I help teach and train other children. I have a niece and nephew and plenty of adopted children around so I understand. Working in retail I’ve seen it all. Children yelling at parents and the parents saying nothing more than okay. I mean, is this where we are now? The age of children raising parents? Too many parents are trying to be their children’s friend instead of the parent. A spanking doesn’t make it worse. Now I’m not talking about beating the child. There is a difference and a thin line. I never want to see a child mentally or physically abused. All I’m saying is that a bit of punishment and/or discipline always work. Some children don’t even need spanking as a punishment, you can take something away such as an allowance, or video games. There are ways to do punishment without abusing. It’s about knowing your kids and what will work with them. Just as a reminder, what works with one child may not work with another one. For example, I have two sisters. My mom couldn’t punish us all the same way. A spanking or taking my books away worked with me (I think). Whereas with one of my sisters, a spanking would do nothing. Again, it’s about knowing your kids.
Like I said, this is a pretty straight forward topic to me. It is simple enough. Don’t do it and don’t allow it. What are your thoughts on the topic?