posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 07:02 PM
Finally, someone else saying what I've been saying for almost 20 years now. Thank you.
Please do not blame the parents or call them Bad Parents. These people were not shown a better way and so they cannot be any other way until they are
shown. It is not the individuals fault, it is the fault of the society we live in.
Back in the early 80's media began it's production of more explicit violence and sex in films and Television. Governments enacted laws to disempower
parents so that we could not legally do anything other than talk or bribe our kids into better behaviours, which never worked anyway.
Today, I see a mass mind-programming of our young kids, worse than at any other time I know of, and I am almost 50 years old now. This programming is
found in every possible avenue of the media as it shows what behaviours are expected from our kids. None of those behaviours are what I would want for
Here in Australia, we have lost our unique flavor, we are fast becoming clones of the American street/gangsta mentality. And this is supported by the
music our kids want to listen to, by the TV shows they want to watch, and by their own peer groups who know no better.
This is a problem over 20 years in the making, and there are no simple answers.
I try. I do not let my daughter watch a lot of the stuff on TV that shows the behaviours I do not want to see her copy. Yet so many other parents told
me I need to get up with the times, stop doing what I was doing because it would cause my girl problems as she grew up, and it has. Not because of
what I have done, but simply because other parents allow what I do not, and they are the majority, so my girl feels like an outsider in her own youth
culture. She does not fit in, even though she really wants to.
We are at fault. We let this happen. No one bothered to stand up and say, "We do not want this music in our country. We do not want these TV shows
here. We do not want advertising showing that kids can do awful things with no consequences. We do not want the sexualization of our young children to
Most people misunderstand the old saying, "Spare the rod and spoil the child." People think it means not to smack our kids, spoil them instead with
things and freedoms. It does not mean that at all. What it does mean is simply this: If you do not provide consequences to actions, you will spoil
that person... meaning ruin that person.
My sister and I had some rousing arguments over parenting styles when she told me she was fed up with fighting with her two girls all the time, so she
was going to copy how some other parents she knew were parenting. Which was to spoil the kid, give them everything they ask for, never ask for
anything in return, never ask for responsibility, never expect input into the day to day working of the home, etc. I told her this was not parenting,
she replied that it was, she called it easy parenting. I called it giving up on your kids! We still have not reached agreement, but her girls have
gone wild, acting as if the world owes them something and treat everyone like sh!t unless they want something from you.
Time to stand up people. Time to stop this degeneration of our youth. Time to ginve them a future again. Time to give then boundaries not bleeding
I would like to see parents go back to parenting. I would like to see them monitor what their kids watch, what they listen to and what they do.
I do not want my daughter following the media images of "girls are for pleasing guys, and guys are soldiers" That is not reality, that is street
mentality and it is now the dominant mind-set of youth culture in the western world.
Stand up now people. If you don't then you are adding to the chaos that will be the end result of this long term indoctrination process which was
designed to disempower the family and cause its breakdown.
[edit on 31-3-2009 by Tayesin]