I notice today’s children freely speak their minds. They engage in grown up conversations and refer to their elders on a first name basis. Trust, none of that was allowed “back in the day.”
Back in the day when my parents had company the rule was “to be seen and not heard.” If my parents were entertaining, I was not allowed to entertain with them. When their company arrived I said hello and retreated to my bedroom.
Back in the day if my parents heard me refer to one of my elders on a first name basis, immediately I was corrected and that was the end of the story.
I witness today’s children falling out, kicking and screaming in grocery stores and department stores because they are being denied candy and toys.
Back in the day before I went shopping with my parents it was made clear to me before I left home, “don’t touch anything and don’t ask for nothing.”
Today’s children talk back to their parents and get in their face. Sometimes they go toe to toe to prove their point.
Back in the day, there was no argument. If my parents said something to me that I disagreed with, you can believe my opinions were known, but only to myself. They were silently spoken under my breath.
Today’s children are styled with the latest designer shoes and clothes. Some even have the nerve to not wear certain attire because of the no-name brand labels.
Back in the day my mother did all the shopping for me. There was very little interaction with what I liked and what I disliked. The names on the clothes didn’t matter to my mother, when they were purchased, I wore them.
Have you ever been told that “your house is not child proof?”
Back in the day there was no such thing as “a house being child proof.” You knew better not to go into someone’s home and touch something that did not belong to you.
Today’s children have their choice of McDonalds, Burger King, pizza and other fast food restaurants. They can tell their parents what they will eat and what they won’t eat.
Back in the day we had dinner together every evening. We had to eat what was served us and had to eat everything on our plates. If there was something served that I didn’t like I was often reminded by my father that “the kids down the street were starving.” I never knew who those kids were because none of m friends were starving.
Today’s little one’s don’t get to enjoy the outside because of technology. They have video games that can occupy them for hours at a time.
Back in the day I couldn’t wait to go outside to play and see my friends. We would spend the day outside playing until the street lights came one.
I don’t believe in spanking a child, the naughty chair or time out. Yet, I do believe in disciplining a child and I believe children need to be taught what it means to be respectful.
Back in the day there was no such thing as talking back, voicing my opinion, stomping my feet or closing the door to my bedroom. My mother’s way of looking at me was all I needed. Her eyes were saying “don’t even think about it” and I knew that if I did it would mean trouble.
Today’s children are definitely from a different era. Some of them think everything is theirs for the asking. They think it’s owed to them “just because.”
I have a tendency to laugh to myself thinking kids today would not be able to survive “back in the day.”