The little girl happily rode her tricycle, as she circled around and rammed into merchandise. She watched and smiled as shoppers tried to dodge her. Her father, oblivious to her presence, kicked back on a bench facing the opposite direction, with his eyes closed and his legs spread halfway across the aisle; his shopping cart turned horizontally blocking customers from passing.
What happened to parenting?
It seems that parenting is becoming more uncommon with every passing year. Is this because of the new laws/opinions concerning discipline? Is it because parents are more concerned with being their child’s friend instead of their parent? Or is it because some parents simply don’t care, or have the time, or the energy to say “no”?
Regardless of the excuse, it’s a parent’s responsibility to parent. But instead of parenting, they allow their children to jump over booths in restaurants, stand up on tables, and run around in public places unattended, while making ever place they enter into their own personal play-land. They yell, climb on strangers or under their legs, hang over their shoulders, kick the walls, slam everything in sight, and all without a care in the world.
Meanwhile, their parents (their “role models”) sit nearby having conversations with their friends, get drunk, get high, sleep, play games, text, or watch videos on their smartphones.
Small children walk down the street alone into the late night hours, and are even forgotten and left in restaurants.
Children – with no rules, no limitations and no direction.
Instead of training children for success, many of them are being trained to be unruly and disrespectful. Children are our future, and if the parents who aren’t parenting don’t start soon, then the future is going to be a very scary place.