Saturday, April 14, 2012

Things Parents are No Longer Teaching Their Children

Don't open a car door into passing traffic

Help elderly folks when you can

Say "thank you"

Say "please" when asking for something

Read the instructions first

The meaning of the word "discretion"

The significance of giving someone your "word" (aka: making a promise)

Be kind to others

If you don't know the answer, don't be afraid to say "I don't know" rather than making shit up

Respecting other peoples property

Returning favors

I'm serious. The more I look around it seems parents today assume this wisdom is somehow absorbed from thin air. It has to be explicitly taught at an early age. Sadly, it's not.


ian husk said...

I concur with your comments about Parents are No Longer Teaching their Children important info about life. I feel it is more that society has lost all forms of any Manners not only children but all adults as well. To see this at its best/worst go to any mall or box store and try to find anyone that will hold a door or find anyone that works in the store that is not chewing gum like a herd of heifers.
The worse thing is that any Manners we do have will be lost with the next generation.

David Stein said...

Part of me agrees with you completely, while part of me hopes we are wrong and things could improve. I know that's probably naive, but hope is a good thing.

Guru said...

Kids learn by example... we need to be the change we want to see in the world... ;)