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43 "Children and Respect"
Learning from the parents.
When it comes to our children everyone is always pointing fingers at movies, music, TV and even individuals like actors, singers, sports celebrities and especially, my favorite, politicians. They are always saying that they are responsible for those of our kids that turn out bad and have been badly influenced.
Most people, parents to be specific, don't ever want to face the fact that the responsibility starts at home with them. That's where the children should learn respect for others. But, that is hard because there are so many parents that don't practice responsibility or have respect themselves.
Respect for others is one thing that children need to learn, and at home, and everything else they need in life will pretty much fall in place.
I was listening to the radio the other night and a song came on that I had forgotten about. It is a short song but says a lot about this subject.
It was released in 1968 by Henson Cargill and later released by George Jones. The title of the song is "Skip A Rope". I am going to write a few excerpts from the song. If you have the opportunity, please listen to it and if you remember the song you know what I'm talking about. I brought it up to a friend and he remembered the song but when I read the lyrics to him he said, "I didn't realize it was that deep". The song does say a lot and even though they are words from 1968 they still apply today.
Here are some of the lines from the song:
Oh, listen to the children while they play
Now ain't it kinda funny what the children say
Daddy hates mommy, mommy hates dad
Last night you shoulda heard the fight they had
Gave little sister another bad dream
She woke us all up with a terrible scream
Cheat on your taxes, don't be a fool
Now what was that they said about a Golden Rule?
Never mind the rules, just play to win
And hate your neighbor for the shade of his skin.
Stab 'em in the back, that's the name of the game
And mommy and daddy are who's to blame
Just listen to your children while they play
It's really not very funny, what the children say