Parents, remember when we were children? Things were a lot different back then, huh? Our parents took good care of us, but they certainly never made us feel like we were more important than themselves or their marriage was. We grew up in an era when kids were usually seen not often heard. If we wanted something, then we either had to work for it or wait until Christmas or our birthday to get it. Even essentials, like clothes, were only given to us at birthdays, Christmas or maybe the first day of school.
Today, this old model of parenting seems to be flipped upside down on its head. Kids come first and foremost in almost everything. They interrupt adult conversations. Drive nicer cars than their parents, and have nicer clothes and phones, too. Little boys are called the men of the house. Kids have way too much of their parents’ money in their pockets. Disrespect and feelings of entitlements are epidemic. Parents, teachers, and coaches coddle kids now instead of directing them and pushing them to be better people.
If we are going to move our society forward, parents have to take charge and be the true leaders of the family. Now please understand that no one is saying to neglect our children, or not give our best to them. But, what I am saying is that parents you and your mate came first, and the children came second. Both parties, the parents and the children, need to keep that in mind and know their proper place. We can re-create a decent society to live in where child entitlement and disrespect no longer rule the day, and people aren’t shooting at each other in schools like spoiled little brats throwing a temper tantrum.
Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Let’s never forget who came first and who came second in the creation and building your lovely family. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…