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Friday, May 29, 2009

I just don't understand

Why parents gripe about their children, when their children are just being children

Why parents yell at their children when disciplining them

Why parents don't teach their children proper table manners

Why parents do their children's homework and school projects

Why parents drive their children to places/events when the kids could easily walk or ride a bike

Why parents don't make their children accept responsibilities

Why parents coddle and cater to their children's every whim

Why parents can't wait for their children to graduate so they can have the house to themselves.

Why parents spend small fortunes on high school graduation parties (It's only a high school degree, folks)

Please understand that I'm not talking about you, but all those other people. Argh!

5 comments:

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

WELL, I never...

We had a big party for both kids when they graduated kindergarten, 8th and 12th grades.

We like to party! and nothing says Congratulations on your achievement like a bunch of drunken relatives.

The Fearless Freak said...

Why parents do their children's homework and school projects

Because schools assign FAR too much homework at FAR too young of an age. Personally, I don't do the homework for them but I don't make them do every piece of busy work that comes home either. I do know parents in TB's class (first grade) that do do some of their children's homework because the sheer amount is overwhelming.

Why parents drive their children to places/events when the kids could easily walk or ride a bike

Because, depending on where you live and the age of the kids, allowing your kids out alone is terribly unsafe. My kids are 7.5 and 4 and I won't even let them be alone in our fully fenced backyard. We do walk places as a family occasionally but usually we have too many things going on to take the time to walk.

Trueself said...

Why parents gripe about their children, when their children are just being childrenBecause it wears on the parents day in/day out and sometimes they lose it a little.

Why parents yell at their children when disciplining themSee previous answer

Why parents don't teach their children proper table manners Because some of the parents weren't taught either.

Why parents do their children's homework and school projectsBecause it's easier than helping the child do it.

Why parents drive their children to places/events when the kids could easily walk or ride a bikeBecause they're running late.

Why parents don't make their children accept responsibilitiesBecause it's harder to do so than not to do so.

Why parents coddle and cater to their children's every whimBecause they're overcompensating for what they perceive as their own deprived childhood.

Why parents can't wait for their children to graduate so they can have the house to themselves.Because they parented so poorly they raised hooligans.

Why parents spend small fortunes on high school graduation parties (It's only a high school degree, folks)More money than good sense.

I answered some of these from my perspective as a parent, some from my perspective of my own parents, and some from observing other parents. Decide for yourselves which are which.

Catch Her in the Wry said...

Sixty: Most of the graduation parties around here have well over a hundred guests and some as many as 300+. A student shrine is displayed where guests lay down their offerings (totaling up to $4-5000 in some cases). Cake & ice cream (and beer in your case) with relatives seems OK to me , but WTF are these others thinking?

Fearless: In our small town, I've seen junior high and high school kids who live 3-4 blocks from school being driven there by their parents. I wouldn't send a 1st grader out alone in C-U either.

If teachers are just sending home busy-work, I'd be complaining to the school. The homework should be enhancing/enriching what the kids are doing in school, not duplicating it.

Trueself: Thanks for all the in-depth responses. It's the parents' behavior today that shape their children's future.

Jenna Z said...

Agree on all accounts. Or, I guess I am also puzzled like you on all accounts. :)