Tuesday, February 18, 2014
What we REALLY teach kids
You have to go to college. You shouldn't do that. That's in style. That's not in style. Are you sure you want to do that? No one's looking, so do it anyway. It's too much work. That's easy. That's what kids your age do. That's what successful people do. Why wait? That's dumb. This is ridiculous. Why do I have to do it? She's not doing it. Don't talk to them, they're weird...Victoria's Secret, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Playboy, McDonald's, Assassin's Creed, explicit music, cleavage, partying, degrading language towards opposite the opposite sex, junk food, spending money...Things we've heard, learned, practiced, and taught. Kids are sponges; they'll absorb anything, good AND bad. If we, as adults, don't want kids doing bad things, then why do we do them ourselves? We don't want kids doing drugs, listening to explicit music, talking bad about their peers, dancing dirty at school dances, making inappropriate references, etc., etc. Even though we may not or have not done every one of those things, we model it to younger generations in a different way. We don't want kids doing drugs, yet we insist on NEEDING that drink or two. Or four. We don't want kids listening to explicit music, yet we secretly let it flow through our headphones so no one else can hear it. We don't want kids talking bad about their peers, yet we talk about our own peers behind their backs. We don't want kids dirty dancing, yet, for some reason, that's all the dancing we know. We don't want kids making inappropriate references, yet we take others' words and twist them to make it seem like an inappropriate reference. We've all done things in the past or currently that we don't want kids to do, but we still model it to them in some way. I think it's safe to say that it should stop. We should stop modeling bad habits to kids, because all we're doing is raising the next generation. I mean, that should be a bigger deal than people make it out to be. Kids are sponges. Don't let sponges soak up that nasty dish water, because it'll reek before you know it.