On Ill Behaved Children

"Kids are lovely things and all, but they don’t know what’s appropriate unless parents tell them in a way that they’ll remember."


Comments 4

  1. John wrote:

    while I agree that there’s a tendency amongst parents to be too lenient, my sense is this guy has forgotten that he was just as much of a pain in the butt when he was that age.

    Posted 25 Jan 2006 at 7:57 pm
  2. Funky Dung wrote:

    No, I don’t think has. Rather, I think his mom disciplined him if he misbehaved, particularly in public.

    Posted 25 Jan 2006 at 8:16 pm
  3. The Waffling Anglican wrote:

    We had the occasion to visit our old parish in our old denomination (ECUSA) recently. The priestess made a bunch of announcements before the service, one of which was how much the church welcomed disruptive children. She didn’t use that term, but the basic message was, “If your kid acts up, don’t even bother going to the cry room. We’ll be happy to put up with it.”

    On the list of things during the service that confirmed our decision to leave the Episcopal Church, that was down on the bottom of the list (open communion for non-Christians, for example, and an openly actively homosexual choir director with a “partner” in the choir, are a million miles closer to the top). However, that approach to discipline does reflect the underlying problem in the church as a whole.

    Don’t worship your kid’s misbehavior, teach them to behave! You are, after all, the parent! If you don’t teach them any better, they’ll grow up to be – well – Episcopalian!

    Posted 25 Jan 2006 at 8:34 pm
  4. stuff wrote:

    All I can say is judge not lest ye be judged. I don’t know whether the author is a parent or not, but most parents know better than to criticize another parent because you just don’t know the whole story. It’s very easy to turn a nose up at a mom with a super obnoxious kid until you ARE the mom with the super obnoxious kid and circumstances will not allow you to administer the discipline you normally would like to apply. Besides that, with a less than 2-year-old, keeping your own sanity and patience is, in many cases, more virtuous than a strict reprimand that a baby might not understand anyway.

    Posted 27 Jan 2006 at 8:17 pm

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