The past week vacationing near a lake has been a test of my patience for stranger’s children. Yes, kids get excited and super-charged by long summer days and too much ice cream. Yes, they should be able to scream and run around when they’re outside. Yes, they get cranky when they haven’t had enough sleep. Even we adults have our bad days, but there’s no excuse for bad parenting. I think the biggest offenders are those parents who lose sight of how their children’s bad behavior affects other people. Rather than removing or disciplining their children for being rude to others they choose to let it slide and pretend nothing happened.
My response to ill-mannered children is probably magnified because we are on the receiving end of lots of outrageously bratty children, and we have no recourse — we can’t match them whine for whine or tantrum for tantrum.
I have tremendous respect for my family and friends who tow the
line when it comes to disciplining their children. There’s nothing more
enjoyable than being in the presence of children who possess manners,
respect adults and understand there are limits to what’s acceptable.
I came across this column in the Wall Street Journal and found myself nodding vigorously throughout. While it’s titled: Blame It on Mr. Rogers: Why Young Adults Feel so Entitled, the root of the problem begins during the formative years.
If there’s one thing those of you who make it to parenthood can do to help those of us who don’t have our shot at raising the perfect child ourselves, it’s to consider the importance of your role in shaping how your child interacts with those around them. I thank you in advance …