There is an article making it's way around the mommy circuits that has made me think a lot about raising kids today. Are you Raising a Douchebag? is a funny and eye opening look at how and why so many kids are...well douchebags these days.
I really have no parenting experience right now. Raising a 4 month old is as easy as making sure he is fed, dry, and loved. But I realize these moments are fleeting and someday soon I will have to instill manners and values in him. I will have to teach him right from wrong. I will have to mold him into a productive, responsible member of society. I will have to make sure he is NOT a douchebag.
I know it won't be easy. Especially when manners and politeness seem to be in the minority these days, in kids and adults alike. I have worked with the general public my whole life and have seen first hand how rude kids today are. Then I look at their parents and the apple didn't fall far from the proverbial tree.
I could go on about this all day.
Please, Thank you, and Excuse me seem to be rarely used these days. So do simple things like holding a door open for someone and making eye contact when you talk to someone. If I had a dollar for everytime a child/teenager mumbled their order to me with headphones in their ears and their eyes glued to their cell phone, I could retire.
While I can't say I know exactly what my parenting strategies will be, I can say this. My kids will say Please and Thank You. They will speak respectful to other adults and call them Mr. or Mrs. They will hold open doors for people and say excuse me if they bump into someone.
I'd like to think that teaching a child manners is much like the game Monkey See, Monkey Do. As a Sociology major in college-for a semester at least- we were taught that kids mimic the behaviors they see everyday. I've become much more self-aware of my own behaviors lately and try to make sure that I am "practicing what I preach". I know my 4 month old can't see it now, but one day he will. And I don't want to raise a douchebag...
What are you Manner pet peeves? Anything you are having a hard time with in terms of teaching your children. Or things you wish people were teaching their children?
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