Lessons for kids

Posted: March 22, 2016 in Creative Writing
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PROMPT #2

Flipping through my prompt book again, I saw this prompt and it struck a nerve.  I thought about it a lot, and hope it comes out as I envisioned.  Again everything i’m writing is my opinion so if you feel differently, or agree, be sure to let me know.

What “lessons” do you feel kids today are not being taught?

I’m taking the term “lessons” loosely, so I will not be discussing anything school related.  Instead I will be hitting on life lessons, that I feel todays youth are not receiving or just don’t seem to care about.  Before I begin I just want to reiterate, that I know not all kids fall into all of the groups I describe, and they might not fit into any of the categories.  I know some kids are taught these lessons from an early age, and for that i’m grateful to those children’s family.

“lessons kids aren’t learning”

  1. Respect for elders
  2. Respect for Authority
  3. Patriotism
  4. Hardwork
  5. Initiative
  6. Tolerance
  7. Compassion

These seven things are all big things, that I think all children should learn, and should learn from an early age.  I feel they should not only learn them, but should practice them everyday.  Frankly however, the fault isn’t really just on the kids.  The fault lies with society as a whole, with the parents, and on the kids.

Let me start by saying, that when I was growing up if my brothers or I acted up in public, we were getting punished, even if we were in the middle of a store.  My parents were not against spanking us right there in front of everyone.  Not only did you get the sting of the spanking, but you felt the sting of embarrassment, because everybody in the immediate area just saw you get punished, and more than likely heard you cry out like a little baby.

Nowadays if I were to even raise my voice at my kids while in the store, half the people in the store would be on their phones with CPS spouting off about child abuse.  Just so everyone knows though, I don’t have to raise my voice with my kids while in public, because my kids know better than to act a fool.  The thing is society as a whole has grown weak and over political about everything.  At the same time i’m not saying beat your kids, but kids need to be punished when they act a certain way, and I shouldn’t have to be worried about what the lady in the aisle next to me thinks about me punishing my kid.

Lets get into those seven points though.

Respect for elders
Growing up adults were either “Sir” or “Mam”, unless you were given the permission to refer to them by something else.  For me it is still that way, it doesn’t matter if it’s an older lady walking into the bank, or someone working the drive thru at McDonald’s, I refer to anyone as “Sir” or “Mam” if I don’t know their name.  It’s a sign of respect, and as far as i’m concerned everyone deserves my respect, until they prove me otherwise.  My wife and I preach the same thing to our kids.  They may not always do it yet, but they know if they are around me they better say it.

The problem is it seems to have fallen on the wayside.  Kids and young adults are so self absorbed that they don’t care anymore, and more often than not, will let a door close in an older persons face, even if that person is in a wheelchair or walker or whatever.  This is a big lesson that needs to get back into our society.

Respect for authority
This is a huge problem, and has only gotten worse with social media and Youtube.  Again kids and young adults have no respect for authority figures.  There are videos floating all over the internet of kids yelling at cops, threatening teachers, and trying to fight anyone that gets in their way.  Why is this allowed?  It’s allowed because our society has turned into a bunch of weak minded and weak willed people, who think we should just stand by and let people roll over us…WRONG!!!!  These kids need to be put in their place.  Teachers should be allowed to remove problem children from the classroom, cops should be able to arrest these kids for acting like that.  In no world should some high school student be able to bully a teacher or administrator into submission.

Patriotism
This one hits home for me, because of what i’ve given, what my family has given, and what my brothers in arms have given.  I’m not saying everyone has to bleed Red, White, and Blue, but you better respect the country you live in.  All these people out there stepping on, burning, or defacing the flag that so many have died to defend need to be punished to the full extent of the law.  For those that don’t know which law I refer to:

Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.

Also i’m sure someone will bring it up, so yes in 1969 Congress said that burning the flag is not illegal and is an act protected under the 1st Amendment.  However I think if you hate the United States so much that you would burn our flag, I feel we should be able to put your ass on a plane and forcibly remove you from our wonderful country, but thats just my 1st amendment rights in action.

Hardwork
This one is pretty self explanatory.  Stop letting your kids think they are entitled to anything, and make them get their asses out there and work for what they want.  Every time a young adult is killed while trying to rob someone, their families say that is the only way they could get money for school clothes…BULLSHIT, take your ass to McDonald’s and work for minimum wage.  That’s how I got the things I wanted, or I worked outside removing tree’s with my grandfather during school breaks, in order to get a little pocket change.  For all those young adults protesting for some free college.  Guess what?  There are already five programs out there to help you get a free education..You know what those are?  Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, go serve your Country if you want your Country to serve you.

Initiative
I’ve kind of hit on this throughout my post, so i’ll briefly hit it again.  Teach your kids to help others without having to be asked.  Open doors for your elders, pick up trash instead of letting it blow around, find ways to help others.  Don’t make everything so personal.

Tolerance
This is a big topic in our country today, and frankly one that I think the up and coming generations aren’t learning in a productive manner.  We need to be tolerant of other people, you can’t look at a group of people and hate them because they are a certain ethnicity or color.  Am I for a mass exodus of Muslims coming into the United States?  No, but it’s not because they are Muslim, it’s because I know that with that many people coming into the country, people who shouldn’t make it within our borders are going to slip through the cracks.  The thing is we can’t teach our kids to despise a whole group of people, thats how genocide and concentration camps come about.

Compassion
This kind of goes hand in hand with Tolerance.  You can’t hate everyone you meet, it’s just not healthy.  I was trained for combat, lived through combat, yet I can still treat people respectively when I meet them for the first time.  I treat everyone the same way, until they give me a reason to treat them differently.  Kids need to be taught to value and love life.

If you made it to the end of this, I want to thank you for reading through it.  I think this is my longest non-story related post to date.  If I said anything to offend anyone, I’m not sorry and it probably means you’re part of the problem.  I’m sure there are a bunch of errors throughout this, but as always will take all constructive critism.  Thanks again for reading and look for prompt #3 tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

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