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Parents are to blame

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November 7, 2011 by falcon7204

The Occupy movement across the nation reminds me of my children when they were much younger. If they wanted something and I wouldn’t give it to them, they promised to stay where they were until they got it. I’m sure my readers have similar stories (“I’m gonna hold my breath till I’m blue in the face” was also quite popular). But to me, the Occupy movement is nothing more than a temper tantrum writ large – and we, the parents, are to blame.

How so, you ask? Why, we’ve given our children everything they wanted – certainly, everything they needed. How can we be to blame for this type of behavior?

Let me give you an example. A couple I know is babysitting their grandchildren for their daughter and son-in-law, who both work. At first, the agreement was that the couple would watch the grandkids until the daughter could quit work and stay home. But in the intervening years, the situation has changed to include not only watching the kids, but also buying groceries and preparing meals! When asked why, the grandparents could only shrug and say, “It’s for the kids.”

What is happening here is that someone, for whom a lot has already been given, is taking even more – and nobody is willing to throw up a stop sign.

Remind you of anyone?

The biggest issue In both cases – the grandparents and the Occupy movement – is that no one was willing to instill a sense of personal responsibility in these kids when they still were kids. The daughter seems unwilling to take responsibility for her kids; the Occupy individuals are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions (or even exhibit any responsibility, if many of the eyewitness accounts are to be believed; you certainly won’t find anything in the mainstream media). This is a textbook exhibit of a massive parenting fail.

The Bible says “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24). Many folks have colloquialized this to say “spare the rod and spoil the child.” Most leftists point to this as their reasoning for many of their current child-rearing methods, including awards for participation, “self-esteem”-building exercises, and promotion from one grade to another without justification. Corporal punishment has been done away with as the Left’s example of “child abuse.”

Is it any wonder the Occupy members are acting like spoiled brats? So now, since they weren’t punished as kids, we face the very real possibility of violent confrontation – indeed, it’s already happened in places like Oakland an Denver.

Our kids are trying to kill us.

It’s too late to try and teach these cretins how to be responsible. But perhaps, if we and our nation survive this latest bout of self-inflicted stupidity, we can hold this up as a model for future parents.

And remember the line, “I hope you have a kid just like you”? Not any more, we don’t. Not if they turn out like this.

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