Saturday, July 19, 2008

Parenting Manifesto

A recent graduate assignment stated: "Cite some reasons why you think many parents have trouble motivating their children to behave at school." The response was expected to be brief, however the assignment opened a can of worms. Therefore, I give you my parenting manifesto.

Many parents have difficulty motivating their children to behave in school. Most of this is due to the lack of parenting done at home. Parents today work more than ever. People of all ages need to buy status symbols to demonstrate their economic superiority. Children today are focused on instant gratification. Parents gave these children what they wanted, when they wanted it.

Many children today are coddled, and not given opportunities to fail, fall down, get scraped, or make a mistake. Parents are too overprotective, and “just want to see their children happy.” What this produced was many spoiled children, a generation of obesity, fifth graders with cell phones, first graders with sneakers that cost more than my television, and children who do not understand the word “no.”

Parents are too busy trying to be a friend to their children instead of a mother or father. This means they do not discipline. Therefore, when the child misbehaves, they just have a heart-to-heart with the child, discuss their disappointment, and hope the child will not repeat the unwanted behavior.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Tag-- you're it!

See here for details... this is to get you back from Facebooking me all of those snowball fights. Muah ha haha ha.