As a child, I can honestly say I didn’t have it to bad. My sisters/brother & I were far from being spoiled kids, but we also clearly recognized the boundaries and when NOT to cross the line. Once we crossed that line, we knew there were always going to be some serious repercussions & ramifications.
I think I had it particularly hard because I was the oldest. I also got the “You Need To Set An Example” lecture. But in the back of my mind, I said, “Damn an example, I’m setting precedents”. Yes, I was the first to do many things. The first to run away, the first to cut my hair without my mothers permission, the first to get a tattoo without permission and the first to steal and get caught by the man who owned the bodega across the street from my house.
Now, don’t think all of my firsts were bad! I have done some crazy things growing up, some that still have gone unnoticed, but I rarely got in trouble for them because I was the “Model” student. Good grades were my anti-beatings. Every time I would sense I was about to get into trouble, I’d bring up another “A” I got in school, or an award I won, or how well I did at a track meet or basketball game.
Now with that said, I am a firm believer in spanking a kid’s behind! I came across a You Tube video earlier this week of 7 year old boy who decided to steal his grandmother’s truck, so he could do ‘hood rat stuff’! I repeat, this kid is 7 years old!
Where is his Mommie Dearest?!?!
This kid could have killed people, but he wanted to do ‘hood rat stuff’ with his friend!
But guess what people, the grandmother is afraid to ‘whoop’ him because she’s afraid she might go to jail! The kid feels that an appropriate punishment would be a weekend of no video games (I’m quite sure his grandmother rushed out to buy him Grand Theft Auto, when it was released as well).
This is a prime example, in MY OPINION, of how kids are beating the system. I’ve heard children tell their parents that if they hit them, they’ll call the police! I’ll be damned if my 8 year old threatens me with a call to 911.
So here we have this 7 year old, who knows his grandmother won’t beat him because she’s afraid of what might happen to her. In this day, people are more afraid of their own kids and the ‘paybacks’ they may face from them if they choose to discipline them in their own way.
I’m sorry, but that’s what that kid is. Is it to late for an intervention? No, I doubt it. Will his grandmother find the means to intervene? Who knows. But there’s one thing I’m certain about, when you’re the parent, it’s your JOB to instill fear in the heart of you kid, not the other way around!
Whatever happened to tough love?
(p.s, I am not condoning the abuse of children which is what Joan Crawford inflicted upon her children.)
For some reason, this is alot funnier in Spanish!