I am very upset with some of the ugly, disturbing things I’ve been hearing out of the mouths of babes of late.
Ever since Barack Obama won the election, seems a lot of pissed off parents are teaching their children to parrot them by spewing hate and racism. This is not cute. And it is definitely not fair to the child.
Is this what parents want? Do parents REALLY want their children growing up to be 21st century Archie Bunkers? Bullies? Young people who can’t think for themselves? Young people with a herd mentality?
Do these words mean anything to them? Racist. Ignorance. Intolerance. Homophobia.
I’d like to believe the world is moving forward in a positive direction. Do you want your child left behind and viewed in an unfavorable way by others because of the backward things you are teaching him to repeat?
Is your ego that fragile that you have to brainwash your child in order to compensate for what you feel is your loss?
Is creating a “mini me monster” your way of getting back at those who voted for who we thought would be the best leader of our country for the next four years?
Way to go, parents! Teach your kid to be a brat because you didn’t get your way. Shame on you!
Back in the early 1990s I lived next door to a Russian family. The little girl was named Tanya and she was extraordinarily smart. She’d come to my apartment every day and talk to me. I took her shopping with me and to the zoo.
One day she was very excited to tell me that they got to vote in school.
I asked her, “So who did you pick for president?”
She said, “Nobody.”
I asked why.
She said, “Well, if I voted for one president, the other would be mad. And I don’t need a president being mad at me!”
SMART KID! Tanya’s young words showed that she was a child who was going to grow up to be fair and diplomatic. And her words came from a beautiful source — her heart! Not something she overheard her parents say on their cell phones. If all parents raised this child like Tanya’s parents did — to think for herself — the world would be a much better place to live in!
From the lyrics of the song “The Greatest Love of All” written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed, made famous by Whitney Houston:
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be