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Old 04-29-2007, 11:42 PM   #1
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> > The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a
> > Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining
> > county and he asked me a rhetorical question: ''Why didn't we have a
> > drug problem when you and I were growing up?''
> >
> > I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young:
> >
> > I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for
> > weddings and funerals.
> >
> > I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the
> > weather.
> >
> > I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
> >
> > I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie,
> > brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of
> > the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in
> > everything that was asked of me.
> >
> > I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if
> > I uttered a profane four-letter word.
> >
> > I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and
> > cockleburs out of dad's fields.
> >
> > I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out
> > some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline or
> > chop some firewood; and if my parents had ever known that I took a
> > single dime as a tip for this kindness, they would have drug me back to
> > the woodshed.
> >
> > Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in
> > everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack
> > or heroin; and if today's children had this kind of drug problem,
> > America would be a better place.
> >(reprint off email)

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Old 04-30-2007, 12:13 AM   #2
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Ain't it the truth!
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:24 PM   #3
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you said it.....sounds like my house, growing up
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:32 PM   #4
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And we all still get our butts drug out of bed each morning to go to work.
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:13 PM   #5
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Amen!!!!!!!! It's called having integrity, in all that you do. Kind of a lost concept, these days.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:19 PM   #6
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Who is to blame? Which generation/andor group would you say made the change?

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Old 04-30-2007, 09:31 PM   #7
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IMHO, we (my generation) overcompensated for how our parents raised us. We were much too easy on our kids. Should have beat on them more. Don't even jump on me for that one, I was kidding. But I think we dropped the ball as far as holding them responsible.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:00 PM   #8
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I agree, but I was not a follower of Dr Spock.....there were no time outs at our house..... I was an ear dragger


funny story: my son & I would rough house now & then, one time in the kitchen he was pestering me and I had repeatedly warned him....I finally turned and said (with fire in my eyes) I was going to hurt him if he didn't go away. You know he kept on and I raised the wooden spoon in my hand and brought it down as hard as I could to wack him across the forearm. Those hundreds of dollars I spent on karate lessons paid off - he executed a beautiful upward block on reflex and broke my spoon. Needless to say he immediately turned tail and ran out of the kitchen (I was grabbing for a knife) jk....about the knife


of course years later he extracted his revenge......holding me down, tickling me without mercy.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:02 AM   #9
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That is a great story JJ.
Soap has got to be the nastiest tasting stuff out there. My Mom used Ivory. Oh and any kids on the forums here, You haven't lived until you have to cut your own switch. If you ever do get a 2x4, the flimsy ones hurt the worst.

Just to start, I am not saying kids need a good beating.

I firmly believe that the thing missing from this generation is accountability. I was held accountable for everything I did and my mother made sure I was punished for wrong doing. It's similar to when your dog messes on the floor. You don't look at the dog and say "well he/she has issues, we need to talk and see why they did it." Thats what people are doing to the our kids today, and it gives them no baseline for what is right and wrong. Children are just like that puppy in the beginning and will push the envelope on everything (I know I did). My mother drew the lines with my punishment/praise and gave me structure in my life that was stable footing for future decisions. This stability also gave me integrity, honor, pride, and concern for others. All because of the way my Mother raised me.

There are exceptions, but We have a whole generation of confused people that have no Idea how to act properly and civilized.

Texapple, when you mensioned Spock, My mother followed him on my oldest brother, who is a..well I won't go there. Needless to say, she got rid of Spock after the first failure.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:33 AM   #10
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I hated it when Grandma told me to get a switch. Damn I don't think my legs are healed yet! hehe

Anyway, after I took some Child Development classes I learned that one size does not fit all. You have to know your child and figure out what works for them. Even in one household, every child may have a different personality so spankings might not work. For a headstrong child like me, my dad had to kick my butt every day, but for my brother time outs usually worked or a raised voice from my Dad.

I can't blame a whole generation for failing at parenting, but I will say that there are a lot of parents that I knew growing up that just didn't give a rip about their children. I never could understand why mine wouldn't let me do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Now that I am older I am glad they didn't.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:42 AM   #11
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My children are naturally good.

I take the time to "weed out" anything unnatural that comes from them.

One needs to live up to the standards that one sets for their children. They learn as much by watching you live, as they do from listening to what you tell them.
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Man I hated getting the switch However, It helped me learn what was right from wrong and respect. I don't believe in hitting a child, but seriously time outs don't work very well...I've read all kinds of Parenting books and there are all kinds of conflicting advice...I agree with Odhin though - you will be held accountable.
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Man I hated getting the switch However, It helped me learn what was right from wrong and respect. I don't believe in hitting a child, but seriously time outs don't work very well...I've read all kinds of Parenting books and there are all kinds of conflicting advice...I agree with Odhin though - you will be held accountable.

Thats got to be a record, two people agreed with me on the same day. Take that OC
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There are exceptions, but We have a whole generation of confused people that have no Idea how to act properly and civilized.
And now, those confused people are having children of their own.
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:30 PM   #15
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funny thing is that i bet parents a hundred years ago had the same conversation (only face to face) and they probably said that kids had it easy, and that everything was changing and nothing was civilized anymore, really each older generation resists change, but it cant be stopped,

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