Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Terror Comes in Small Packages

Everyone loves their kids, but that is no reason to inflict them upon others.

OK, I will allow your kids to scream and shout in airplanes or trains because they are just as annoyed as we are being there. And I certainly wouldn't want a kid to just sit in a corner and not do any mischief - it is the essence of childhood. But where do you draw the line between adorably naughty and destructively intolerable?  Painting on the walls with crayons - naughty; breaking your brand new 42 inch LED TV (yes, it has happened) - intolerable.

In all fairness, you can't blame the child. They will only do what they are being allowed to do. As Freud would say, "Blame the mother." However, in the 21st century, both parents are to blame equally.

I've heard parents say that the child is too young to understand what's right or wrong at 3 years of age. To them I say, yes, that is why they have a parent who needs to tell them. Children are smart enough to know how to manipulate you to get what they want and to test the limits of what they can do. If he breaks your new TV and all he hears after that is, "No baby, you should not do that baby", then chances are your next TV is not going to survive very long either.

As I am not a parent, I am not in a position to give any advice (Because parents will take criticism of almost any aspect of their lives, but not on parenthood). And if you want your child to break every item in your house, then good for your interior decorator. But why, why, would you want to bring that kid in my house? 

If you don't want to teach your child basic discipline then don't take him to places where his misbehavior is going to cause others a headache. And no, I am not going to take "He's only a kid" as an excuse. He will always be "only a kid" to you all through his life. So for the sake of others, for yourself, and most of all for your child, teach him some discipline.