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« Reply #35: October 16, 2010, 11:25:05 am »

I have little patience for children, but it's their parents who should be to blame. I'm going to sound like an old fuddy duddy here, but... in my day, kids didn't act like they do now.  Not only are parents afraid to not be their kids' best friend if they punish them, there are some children who would call social services on their parents if they were to discipline them, because they know they can get away with it.

I was terrified of my father growing up, so I sure as HELL toed the line.  To me, there's nothing wrong with a little healthy fear, and kids don't have that anymore.  Parents just don't follow through with their threats. I work in retail. All the time I see parents saying things like, "No, honey, put that down. We can't get it." And then they buy it for the kid.  Or they'll give the threat of "We're going to have X punishment happen if you don't behave"... and of course, never do.

So, as much as it's convenient and easy to dislike the kids? It's the parents' fault, often. (Not that I envy them. I cannot imagine a harder job than parenthood. Ever.)

I hear you. I was brought up on terror of my mother, but because of it, I learned restraint and discipline. I see a lot of parents today--good ones, bad ones--that act quite similar to your examples. Retail work gives you a frighteningly close look inside other people's lives. The ones that are the best parents are the firm, soft-spoken ones. Yesterday a young dad, probably in his mid-twenties, soothed his child with a quiet voice and a firm tone. "Little bro, that's the fakest cry I've ever heard. Now we're getting Mommy, and we're leaving, okay? Okay." [SO CUTE]
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