So many times I hear parents of people who have done horrible things say that their kid was a great kid and wouldn’t ever hurt anyone, so on and so forth. As a mother, it’s really hard for me to hear that stuff because obviously, their child was more than able to do those horrible things, otherwise we wouldn’t be hearing about them ad nauseum in the news/radio/newspaper. I fully admit that my children have days where they do nasty things, even through having been taught better by myself and other adults around them. My children are 8 and almost 5, so I hope in the time I have left of their years at home we work through some of the nastiness and by the time they leave home, feel like we have done the best that we could and that they keep those lessons.
There have been two news stories in the past month or so that just made me stand up and cheer for the community of parents. Parents who stood up and said “Yes, my kid did that, and they deserve what they get!”
1st example: this guy who was high and dry during the December floods south of Olympia and still scammed flood relief workers.
2nd example: this mother who put her son’s car up for sale after finding alcohol in it. The teen had only been driving the car since Thanksgiving 2007.
I know I sound like I’m on a rant, and I probably am. What I’m really trying to say is that it’s high time that parents start to take some responsibility for misdeeds their children do. I’m not saying that if my older son misbehaves in school that I’m going to completely take all the blame, but I will step up and tell his teacher that we’ll work with the issue at home to improve his behavior at school.
I promise, no ranting in my next post. I figured out how to post pictures, but still can’t find my camera battery. Today is a mass cleaning day for the living room. 🙂