Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shall We Blame the Parents or the Kids?

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
Socrates (469-399 B.C.)It's crazy that Socrates said this thousands of years ago. Would he not roll over in his grave if he saw this generation of children? Now, I am not going to lie.. I wasn't a walk in the park as a kid but do kids even have manners these days? I completely partly blame the parents who would rather let their kids run around doing whatever they please than to actually have to take a moment out of their precious time to discipline their offspring. Of course, I am not an idiot, I know many things go into parenting, and seeing as I am not yet a parent I really don't have much room to talk. But, geez, teach the kids some manners (please and thank you go a long way with me!), don't let them get away with anything and everything, and don't disagree with other adults (teachers, the law, etc.) and be on your child's side. They will learn nothing from this. You are their parent, not their friend. If you parent correctly and they respect you then I can almost promise you that you will find that you and your child will become the best of friend one of sometime in the future and they will thank you for setting rules and boundaries.Why do I bring this up? Well, today Andrew and I decided to go to a movie theatre in our area that has fairly new movies for $1. Yes, a single dollar. That's cheaper than redbox these days. Anyways, we went and saw Friends with Benefits starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake (for the record, it was a good movie). Given the title, if you have yet to see it, you probably already know what it's about.. sex, sex, and more premarital sex. A little insight at some of the film before I begin this rant....

Friends with Benefits MovieNow, I am no saint, but I'd hope someone would smack me across the face if I ever brought my children with me to see this movie. There was a couple in front of us in the movies that had 2 children under the age of 6 watching this movie. And, by watching I mean they were running around the entirety of the theatre, screaming, crying, laughing, making awkward children noises, etc. Well, first of all that is SO disrespectful and secondly, those kids minds are like a sponge at this point of the life. There were probably 20 sex scenes, the f-bomb was dropped a minimum of 50 times, and they definitely didn't hold back with the nudity. Uh, can somebody get these parents a clue? It was 3:30 in the afternoon.. is there not a better time to go see this movie where you wouldn't have to take the kids? It's a rated R movie.. reeeallllyyy folks?Like I said, Socrates would roll over in his grave.. little by little everything is becoming socially acceptable.When are we going to draw the line? Is there even a line anymore?Anyways, that's my rant for the day. 


  1. I agree! I absolutely hate when little kids are in the movies watching something that is totally inappropriate for their age...like having your 10 year old watch The Hangover, that's taking it too far! Some people need to pass a parenting test before deciding having children is a good plan!

  2. that is SO ridiculous!! I agree, some people need to get a clue.

    I enjoyed your rant and agree 100%!

  3. I TOTALLY agree. I've seen this type of thing way too many times, and I mean, the parents have to know what the movie is about BEFORE they go in there, they obviously made the concious decision to bring their kids along which shouldnt happen.

  4. I know a lot of people love this movie, but the premise just kid of grosses me out? I mean 2 movies made about f buddies in like 3 months, its trashy

  5. That really is out of control! I don't have kids, so I always hate to cast parenting stones, but I was brought up differently...I was spanked if I was misbehaving. I didn't get to talk back. I respected authority. And I hope that I will raise my kids with the same values. It is NOT appropriate for kids to have free reign and get to run around disrespecting everyone else around. That would have driven me nuts!!

  6. I can't believe people would take their kids to see a movie like this!

    Anyways.. I just found your blog today (I love your blog name) I would love for you to check out mine and follow back! :)



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