Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Overheard at the mall

All of my nephews have good manners. Of course they are boys. But I could go out to eat with any one or all of them and not feel like I have to apologize to our server or the other customers. They will grow up to be productive members of society because my sister taught them to respect themselves, respect others and behave. Not just in public but at home as well. I'm the last person on Earth to give parenting critique and I did grow up in a VERY strict home, but doesn't it seem like people are more interested in being best friends with their kids instead of teaching them how to behave? Kids aren't perfect and shouldn't be expected to act perfect, of course but I overheard a conversation yesterday that made me remember that there are a lot of parents out there who are just doing it right.

The Mom: Honey I'm sorry but we didn't come here to get you toys, we came to get shoes. We're going home now ok.

The 4 or 5 year old: Ya' get what ya' get and ya' don't throw a fit. Right?

The Mom: That's right.

I loved it. Must be a house rule or something.....


super des said...

I love that mom.

Whiskeymarie said...

I totally agree with the "best friend" thing.
You can be friends when they're all grown up- how's about for now you be the parent?

thailandchani said...

I've never liked the idea of "parents as best friends" thing. Parents are supposed to be role models and teachers.

Heck, the difference in life passages would make it impossible to be "best friends".

It's a concept whose time has come and long since gone. :)



Catherine said...

Wow, I love this, and its so true! I hope I can teach my son to respect himself and others...


Laurie said...

She's definitely doing it right. Thanks for sharing that.


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