(originally written in Feb… just forgot to post… it’s still relevant. I would hate to have taken the time to write this and no-one gets to read it!!!! Noone will. Lol)
The start of 2014 has been an interesting one to say the least. There has been a lot of good so far but there has been some not so good. I’m not really sure what my generation is doing wrong when it comes to our kids. Listen, I am far from a perfect parent but I find it disturbing how many rotten kids are out there. I hear you, a tad harsh to describe a kid… but you know, today’s tween isn’t the tween of my generation. There’s no question that they are learning more sooner but at the same time I think having access to anything and everything has created a generation of self entitled brats who expect everything but don’t want to work hard for it. Its just about ‘want, want, want’. There is no denying that growing up we did not have what today’s kid has…(yup sounding like my parents right now). Our parents, as hard as they worked, didn’t make the kind of money we make nowadays. So it got me thinking ‘who’s at fault for these lazy ass self entitled kids?’ Could it be that this existed growing up and I just didn’t see it? Could it be that, you know, today’s technology and social networking environment allows one to see more of this then in ‘my day’? Possibly.
So, where am I going with all this? Well in the last few weeks i’ve had stuff happen to me and our soccer team that has me scratching my head. We all want our kids to be happy… but that doesn’t mean that they should not be taught to understand right from wrong or what commitment means or what loyalty means or what it means to be responsible… Yet a couple of parents, in my book, have failed in this department. Giving ‘your word’ means absolutely nothing. The word ‘loyalty’ has lost its meaning. In my book when you make a commitment to ‘a cause’ you stick to it… u follow thru on it. right? Doesn’t that make a hell of a lot of sense? We all agreed back in October to follow thru on the 2014 season.. we knew there were challenges yet every parent was on board… or atleast and as we know it now, seemingly. Now months later it’s about ‘it’s important my son is happy.’ really? Is that really it? I want my kids happy too but they sure as hell know what doing the right thing is. You said ‘yes’ to a commitment well u know what? Now you stick with it to the end. That’s the right thing to do. That’s the right way to teach your kid responsibility !
So here’s an idea…Teach your kid responsibility. Teach your kid what commitment means. Teach your kid that decisions have consequences. Teach your kid right from wrong. Don’t teach your kid to be a self entitled selfish person. One day someone else will make a decision that will have a huge impact on your kid, then what? Will you cry that life is unfair?