I was watching a George Lopez stand up and he was talking about when he was growing up that he would fight with other kids as a 3rd grader. This got me thinking about how today’s society has gotten EXTREMELY soft. This has been an ongoing trend since I was in elementary school and that was only about 15 years ago.
In today’s society you can’t spank a kid without it being called child abuse! Really? I’ll be the first to come out and say it that I plan on spanking the chipmunk if he is out of control. Teachers can’t even use a ruler to smack a student on the hands when they are out of control! Ok maybe that was my dad’s catholic school upbringing. If a teacher did that to me as a kid I would have sucked it up and dealt with it… probably told my parents… and their response would have been “well you deserved it.” Yes, parents, if your child’s teacher punishes your student by smacking them on their hands they deserved it. They were in the wrong and you need to teach your kid a lesson too! If you think the teacher was out of line than think twice. Look at how you are raising your kid. Are you raising them to be a softy? If you set the example by babying your child all the way through school then yes your child will be a softy and grow to be dependent on you!
I remember getting in a fight in fifth grade and getting a bloody nose at school! The fight I don’t remember what it was about but it was with my best friend at the time. The teacher told my parents and I got punished. I believe one of my parents spanked me, grounded me from TV, video games, playing with friends outside… and the later was actually the worse. Now if a kid gets in a fight, one set of parents is off to sue to the school for not stopping the fight soon enough or they are suing the other parents. If a teacher hits a student to bring that student back in line the parent immediately sues the school thinking that their child couldn’t have done any wrong. What kind of message is that sending to our kids? The message is that they can’t do any wrong… sorry parents but your child is not an angel and yes they can do wrong and do need to be punished by you!
The problem that our kids are growing up addicted to technology and not playing outside, getting their hands dirty making mud pies, starts with the parents. The chipmunk, I expect to take fishing and teaching him how to put a worm on his hook. I plan on taking him camping and learning how to start a fire without a match (I might need to refer to my boy scout handbook on that first). What is so wrong about forcing our kids to go outside and play? Are parents afraid that their kids will end up breaking an arm? That’s part of growing up! I remember riding my bike on dirt trails behind our house as a kid, getting shot with a BB gun, climbing trees, and exploring our neighborhood. My parents welcomed that! They wanted me to get outside! I enjoyed going to boy scout camp and not taking a shower for 4 days!
I guess what I am trying to get at is that parents need to take responsibility! You want to know why your kid doesn’t have any friends… well maybe they are to busy playing world of warcraft (world of warcrack). Solution, force your kid to get outside and play with other kids! Their comfort zone maybe on the computer but if they aren’t taken out of that zone then that is all they are going know. Want to know why your 16-year-old comes home crying after he got shoved into a locker? Maybe that’s because he is afraid to stick up for himself because the parent has done that all along and his mommy was there to protect him.
Parents… please take control of your kid… spank them if you have to… it will be good for them… make them play outside…. get a broken arm or a bloody nose… it is just part of growing up!
Posted on May 2, 2011, in Parenting and tagged Baby, Child, Child abuse, Children, Daddy, Family, Fatherhood, George Lopez, Health, home, Life, Parent, parenthood, parenting, Spank, Teacher, Television. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.