Okay, I am the first to admit that my little angel is a hand-full. I have a 2-year-old that’s very strong-willed, who tries to be slick, and who tries to out-smart her parents. We don’t turn a blind eye to her behavior, nor do we make the “she’s just a baby” excuse. She just turned 2, and we figured that since she’s in that stage of learning right from wrong, instead of us apologizing on her behalf while she runs off unaware of her actions, we teach her to apologize on her own and treat others nicely. If I can “check” my 2-year-old, why can’t folks check their 5-year-old, their 10-year-old, or their 15-year-old???
What’s going on with these kids today? I’ve been following the bullying story of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, the 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide last month after being bullied by a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old. Both girls have been arrested and charged with felony aggravated stalking. But here’s the kicker, the 14 year old allegedly posted on her Facebook page, “Yes ik [I know] I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF [I don’t give a (expletive)]”. Are you kidding me?!?! So that’s how a 14-year-old is operating these days??? According to the arresting sheriff, the parents of the 14-year-old are in total denial that their daughter would ever do such a thing.
I live in an area, where crime is unfortunately a regular on the local news. Too many times I have seen parents whole-heartedly defend their child who has just been charged with a serious crime – trying to place the blame on the other suspects. The usual tune is, “My child is a good boy/girl, they would never do anything like this, they just fell in with the wrong crowd…” And this is even when the child has been caught in the act, caught red-handed, without a shadow of a doubt, etc.
It seems like many young folks have such a cavalier attitude about life. When I’m out in public I see kids that are just down right rude and mean for no good reason, and that’s even when the parents are present! No one wants to see their child in trouble or going to jail, but at what point do you admit that your child has issues? At what point do you put your child in check for their disrespectful, poor, or bad behavior? I refuse to believe that a child just wakes up one day and decides to start raising hell out of the clear blue.
Oh yeah, and in that bullying case, the sheriff department is trying to determine if they can also charge the parents of one of the suspects.
What are your thoughts? What do you think of the Sedwick bullying case? What do you think of parents that are in denial of their child’s negative behavior?