Here's the situation: the owner of a cafe is tired of kids misbehaving in his store. He puts up a sign that says "Children Must Behave and Use Their Inside Voices." Sounds pretty darn reasonable to me. Despite being called a 'hero' by some supporters, notably from Down South, many parents in the neighborhood where his shop is located are hopping mad!
What? Is it too much these days to expect your brood to conduct themselves reasonably while in public? Heckfire, even I remember gettin' a whoopin' for my public behavior (several, actually) when I got out of line, and I had some pretty lenient parents in the 'act like an idiot in public' department. (Please See Peter Pat Pan pg 1989 & see also 'alt rock' Pat pg 1995)
Reading this article makes me indignant and angry at folks who will just let their kids get away with anything. I've known enough well behaved kids and ill mannered younglings to see what makes a good parent and what makes a bad one. Heck I've been a well behaved and an ill mannered kid.
People mad at a business owner expecting kids to behave? Why don't the parents expect their kids to behave? My question.
Why is there any objection to this? Parents. Lazy parents who don't want to be bothered by their kids. That's right. If you don't want to raise your kid, you shouldn't have a kid. Or two or three. I am so tired of the parents who act like their kids are 1) accessories to the modern suburban lifestyle, like a 72" TV and Ford Excursion; 2) inconveniences; or 3) both.
Want the answer to Columbine? Parents. Kids having sex at school? Parents. Kids doing bad in school? Parents. Kids on drugs? Parents. Kids drinking at age 15? Parents. Kids being spoiled with Everything They Could Possibly Want so that when real life doesn't give it to them they throw a tantrum? Parents. Childhood obesity? Parents. ADD? Parents. The V Chip? Parents. Schools being crap? Parents.
Even as lenient as my folks were, they still popped me when I got out of line. Or hollered at me so loud I'd almost pee my pants. There was never any question about when I had done something they didn't like. I was made well aware of it quickly.
(Whether they were justified in not liking a thing is something else entirely.)
Anyway, just thought I'd share.
(My brother will be along shortly with a memo as to why I am wrong, incorrect, off base and hypocritical by saying all of the above.)