Lack of respect
Something that really works on my nerves, is a child that blatantly ignores an adult.
When I talk to a child, any child, I expect that child to look at me and acknowledge what I say. If I ask them not to do something (that would be wrong by any standard of society), I expect them to listen.
Maybe it’s because I raise my kids like that. Maybe it’s because I was raised that way.
Unfortunately I find that this is not the way things are anymore!
To give an example. I have asked a child to get off from the rugby field (during a rugby match) and she completely looked me in the eye and kept on walking.
I’ve asked children to stop playing with sticks they kept putting into a fire and they would look me in the eye and continue.
I wondered if this was purely a “new generation” thing. A lack of parental involvement in the kids’ lives. That they just didn’t notice.
This however is not true. Isn’t it said that children learn by example?
True. So so true.
They see their parents skip a stop sign.
Park where they shouldn’t
Exceed the speed limit.
The one that stood out to me last week, was when parents were asked not to stand next to the rugby field while the kids where playing in the quarter-finals. Over and over again they were asked to move away. Most didn’t.
That’s the example. They stare into the eyes of those who asked. Those who are applying the league rules and ignore them.
Can we expect differently from the children?