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Raising Children Right

Updated on January 27, 2012

Raise Your Kids

As I look at kids today and witness their behavior and lack of regard for anyone other than themselves – I begin to reflect on my childhood. My mother and other adults made some things clear while we were children and it’s abundantly clear that most parents are not raising their children the same way.

I can recall my aunt yelling at my cousins and I go “get off my grass” – i.e. respect my property. We learned we had boundaries and did not have the right to destroy or alter something that wasn’t ours.

Don’t throw trash on the ground – Do I need to elaborate?

When I was younger NO ONE cursed in front of adults no matter how much of a rebel you were.

We were taught not to fling our car doors open in parking lots with no regard for our property or others. This taught us to respect what we owned, take care of our property, and not cause damage to other people’s property.

Take care of yourself. Don’t expect others to give you money or take care of you. If you always have your hand out every time someone see’s you – they will hate to see you coming.

When someone invites you over to their home; don’t sit in their driveway gawking at someone’s place. You compliment someone on their home and you stay in the areas that your host has taken you. I.E. – When someone asks you over you don’t “ask for a tour” or go to places of the house that have not been opened to you as a guest. Class.

When you meet someone you don’t say offensive remarks and you stay off subjects that are sensitive in nature. You stay on neutral subjects and get to know about that person, their history, before you speak.

You don’t meet someone for the first time and start bragging (lying) about who you know, the elaborate lifestyle you lead, or how financially well off you are or the type of money you make.

I was taught ignorant people talk about other people – intelligent people discuss places and ideas.

When you go over someone else’s house you don’t ask to eat a meal or ask for anything other than water. You clean up behind yourself: toys, food, games, etc.

When you carpool with someone you offer to contribute gas money.

You pay your own way when you attend dinner, concerts, or events with your friends.

Young ladies didn’t leave the house in skin tight jeans and low cut tops. Young men weren’t allowed to sag around their parents.

No matter how much you love your favorite rock band or rap group – when entering residential neighborhoods you TURN YOUR MUSIC DOWN!

I just wanted to share some of the "rules" I was taught as a child/young adult. I have no idea why we have a generation of kids growing up who are taught nothing in regards to how to be a decent member of society. 


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      6 years ago

      I love these tips! They're so true and very funny.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I have a friend who taught high school for 37 years. He says children have not changed that much in all those years. But parents certainly have. Good subject. Well written.


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