Re: Happy football is starting up!!
Yes, kids will always be pains in the tucas, but so many are coddled today (I'll admit, I was coddled some) and there's almost no repercussions in many cases when a child does wrong.
Take away their games for a day, whoop dee doo. A spanking is not the actual punishment, it's an 'attention getter'.
I remember every spanking, not because it hurt a lot (if you're actually hurting your child, you are a monster) but because it made me stand up and realize, 'hey, I REALLY wasn't supposed to do that!'.
Short term behavioral changes, in many cases, will turn into long term changes.
I'm no authority, nor do I have any schooling in child psychology, but if you just look at people (kids) my age and younger, it's obvious that they truly act like they can do no wrong, and are amazed when they actually have to deal with consequences for their actions. What's changed since your generation that could have brought this on?
Many, like myself and it seems Rich, believe it's the lack of discipline kids get today.
And this lack of discipline started when the 'state' started sticking its nose in where it comes to parenting.
Yes, arrest the a-hole that puts bruises on his kid, or breaks his bones, but a whack on the ass to get your kids attention when he/she isn't listening is not something a parent should be vilified for, much less incarcerated.
I like your example, Kyle, but I don't think that demonstrates 'pussification'. That's a GREAT example, however, of how indifferent people have become to what's going on around them, and I think part of that is due to the FACT that people my generation, and younger (and in some cases; older) have been told all their lives how 'special' they are, and are made to feel they can 'do no wrong' and deserve to have anything and everything they want. And people do, as long as they realize they have to work for it, and if you 'do wrong' in the process of trying to get it, there may be consequences. Not disciplining your children is part of that problem.
Who cares what's going on in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, etc. I have my new iPhone, everything is perfect (as far as I'm concerned).
Everyone has an opinion, and we're all deserved of that. Some have education, some have experience, some have both, some have none of either......but I think this is common sense.
Parents are afraid to discipline their children today because of how they are treated when they 'get caught' doing something as benign as a slap to get the kids attention....and what has that gotten us? Kids that wear their pants down to their knees (and I'm pretty sure those of us that read know where that actually came from), who talk back to their parents, expect their parents to do everything for them, but still treat their parents like crap, and anyone that tries to tell them that the most important thing in the world isn't a new iPad.
Rich rammed into me about complaining about my hours at Wal*Mart. While I still stand by the idea that people should be expected to work 'reasonable' hours, I do understand his point of view. If you want to get ahead, sometimes you have to do things you don't want. But many 'kids' today don't get that, because of the 'nanny state' practically forcing parents to coddle, and not discipline properly, their children.
Dictated to me by Micky.
Hi guys, I'm Jeff and she was so passionate about this she couldn't type it fast enough with one hand. Didn't realize you guys got so deep on a guitar forum. LOL