Do you think parents who don't teach their children to have respect for others should be sanctioned?
A child of about 3 years old drove his tricycle straight into my legs yesterday and his Mom just laughed as though it was the cutest thing. Last week I watched a child of about 5 years old lift a jar from a supermarket shelf and drop it on the floor where it smashed. Her Mom just said "Oh don't worry, it doesn't matter," and left it there. It MAY have been an accident but at the very least her Mom should have found an assistant and told them about it so they could clean it up. We all live in a society and an individual who doesn't respect the person or property of another affects us all.
I'm not sure what you mean by sanctioned, but if I'd been in the situations you described above (as an example), I would have made -very- direct comments to the mothers, -although- expected a negative response if any response at all, because at least it would've given them something to think about.
I agree with possibly responding to that mother. However, I am the type of person that has to watch how I say things. I don't beat around the bush and my response would have been straight forward. There would have been a few words between us.
By sanctioned I mean fined when the child gets in trouble with their school, or the law or whatever, which is probably and unfortunately inevitable. For the record, I did say something to the mom of the child with the tricycle. Can't repeat response!
Coincidentally, the other day I was in the market with my 9 year old and she accidentally dropped a six pack of sparkling water on the floor and it did burst. There was an attendant at the end of the isle, so first, I explained that I know she didn't intend for that to happen (although she shouldn't have been touching it), then I instructed her to report the spill to the attendant and also explained the importance of why she needed to inform the attendant. It was a great lesson for her and my 3 year old who was present at the time.
Although, people don't care to take the responsibility of being respectful and teaching their children to do so, is not a reason for sanctioning. It would be very hard to enforce. I don't think it's even possible, especially in the United States. Eventually, and unfortunately, the children are the ones who will suffer for their parents' ignorance. Hopefully, no innocent persons will get hurt.
Unfortunately, we do not all live in a society where respect and caring for others is the #1 priority. Great question
I, for one am all about respect. It urks me when i see children disrespecting grown ups, and other's property. I know that it would do me no good to correct their behavior, because i know that is what they were taught.
Somewhere along the line, some parents stopped teaching how to be respectful. Im not sure why. I still try to correct my children, and step children, I try to teach them that you need to be respectful to others, and other people's stuff if you want respect in return.
Everyone these days has this idea of " politically correct".." in appropriate" just what do these words mean ?..It's NO ONE TAKES RESPOSIBILITY for their actions...correct my child and compromise his self-esteem ? The old adage if you don't respect yourself how can you show respect is so apparent these days.
Truly parenthood has taken a turn for the worst. I see parents walking through the grocery store opening up packages for kids to eat/drink. Children interrupting people when they are having conversations...I also observe parents texting/on phone oblivious to their children's actions...We all need to step up and take charge and change things or we will end up with an even more declining society...
just my thoughts.
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