Leslie - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
It has occurred to me through many observations that a lot (not all) of parents forgot that it is their responsibility to teach their children right from wrong and that there are consequences for their actions. I feel that this should start at a very young age and continue into late teens. Children are not born knowing what is good and bad but have to be taught. The same goes with behavior. They are not born with a certain behavior, it is environmentally influenced. They may cry because they want a toy. If you the parent give it to them every time they cry then the child will associate crying as a way to get a toy. Parents seem like they want to be their child’s best friend. They will buy their kid a new mustang and the kid is failing school!!!!! (I know of someone who just did this). If he keeps failing school he won’t be able to afford to live that kind of life style. I am not saying that parents are supposed to be monsters that make their kids run the other way and close up. I just don’t understand why parents are not more involved in ways that matter such as knowing who their friends are and having a set time to be home. Knowing their friends parents and what kind of values they have. Having an open line of communication about sex, the internet, and going out seem to be the farthest thing from a lot of parent’s minds. I am a big believer in privacy for teens, but when it comes to the internet; there will only be one computer in my house where they can access it and I will know all of the social networking sites they are on. If their behavior merits me reviewing items in their room or on their networking sites then I will do so. I will not do it behind their backs though. I will do it at a random time with them in the room. Trust is earned and that goes for parents and children. Sorry for the rant. I have some many things I could go on about. I was just wondering if anyone else noticed a lack of parenting in the world (or in my case the United States) lately. Open communication is welcome but keep it clean without ugliness! Thanks!