Before I had my own, I loved kids! Now, most of them just annoy me. I feel like a monster saying that, but it’s because so many people just choose to let their kids run amock rather than teach them to respect other people.
Before this gets nasty, I understand kids have bad days, I do too. I understand some kids cannot help themselves; those aren’t the kids I’m talking about. I’m talking about the kids shoving my son down the slide yesterday. I’m talking about the nasty little boy calling my daughter a baby and then pushing her today. THOSE are the kids that need to be taught respect.
I am very particular about my kids’ behavior. You can judge me if you’d like, but I think at 6 and 3 1/2, they’re old enough to know how to behave and treat others. I’ve spent most of their lives teaching and preaching the golden rule. With every quarrel we go through, I ask, “How would you feel if…” or “Do you think you’d like it if…” or something along those lines. I feel that it teaches them to think how their words and actions affect others, and I hope that in the coming months and years that they’ll master thinking that BEFORE they speak or act.
No one wants to be treated poorly or disrespectfully. Everyone has feelings, and those feelings get hurt. Even as adults, sometimes we get so wrapped up in ourselves and our own lives that we need a reminder.
Use this blog as your refresher course…stop and think about what your kids are learning from you. Are you teaching them to be respectful to others in your words and actions? Are you thinking before you speak? Are you speaking the truth; words that are helpful and not hurtful? I beg of you all to stop and reexamine what you’re teaching your kids. The world is being overrun with disrespectful children, teenagers, and adults.