In Part I and Part II of this series, I talked about my encounters with two different little boys. Both of them were rude to me, one with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas and another exhibiting extreme disobedience. Were there always such rude children around?
I would NEVER have behaved that way when I was a child, and you would have been hard pressed to find ANY child so audacious. My husband and I have a theory about the overwhelming number of ill behaved children that we encounter…
We believe some parents now a days are so afraid of disciplining their children for fear of harming their self esteem that they let their children lead them around by their noses. Put your foot down, already!!! Have some cajones!!! Their self esteem has a better chance of remaining intact if they’re taught proper social skills and self control in a gentle and nurturing way. Imagine the beating that their self esteem will take when they venture further in to the real world and society reigns them in with a hard yank on the chain.
Ultimately, I’ve encountered two little boys… disrespectful, rude, and unpleasant. I can explain away their behavior and make excuses for it. But isn’t it the same in the end? Two little boys coping with life without proper skills, destined to alienate more people. I hope their mothers (and fathers) step up to the plate and help them out. It will take diligence, perseverance, understanding, and direction on everyone’s part. Here’s hoping for the best.