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Wow! You're half my age and are more of a grzzled old coot than I am. Congratulations, sir!
I walked a half mile to my elementary school starting in the first grade. then I walked to the junior high that was across the street. I walked to and from the high school a handful of times which was about two, two and a half miles. Kids today are soft. Get them some boots and kick them out the door.
I can see both sides to this arguement. I think kids are soft today because of parents enabling them. Parents need to kick their kids off the couch or PS3 or whatever gadget they're messing around with and get them outdoors. Also, they need to teach them respect. There is a reason we have a lot more fat mouthy bastards out there than we used to.
Now, I used to walk to the bus stop every day on a major hwy. Never thought anything about it until a cousin of mine was hit by a car one foggy morning while riding his bike to school ( RIP). I also worked as a C/O in the MDOC for 15 years, so yeah, I have seen the worlds filth up close and personal. So I can see where a parent could have concerns. Personally though, i would hate to live a life in fear that something bad could happen to my children if I let them walk down the road to the bus. You have to let them go at some point, let them learn and make decisions on their own.
Agreed, kids/parents are huge poooooosays these days. When I was in elementary school, I was riding my bike to school. Didn't get kidnapped or molested.
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It's the Everyone Gets A Trophy generation. You can't have true competition because you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings when they get second place.
As a teacher, I see it every single day. It drives me up a damn wall sometimes.
Too many kids these days are lazy, feel entitled, and just disrespectful.
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I don't want to ever be one of those "back in my day" types, but judging by this board, that seems almost inevitable. Not looking forward to the day I get upset because of the way parents drop their kids off at the bus stop.
It's amusing to see people in their 20's and 30's already pissing and moaning about younger generations. Then again, like you said, we are tRCMB.
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How can you bemoan kids not walking when it's the parents who are coddling them.
I will say this, it's surprising how protective you become as a parent. Any risk to your kids is too much risk. One small example. My daughter was begging me to drive her to the store. I told her "if you want to go to the store so bad, ride your bike" (3 miles one way, hilly terrain)
She did, (cool! or so I thought...) The whole way there and back she got cat-calls, etc. from idiots driving by. Guess what? That's the last time she's ridden her bike to the store.
Got any studies/evidence to show that there are no more abductions now than 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago?
Maybe it is just as common, and I'm sure if you ever have a kid abducted and raped, you'll say, "Well, that's ok, cause it happened in the past. At least my kid isnt soft."
My daughter doesn't have an option other than to be driven to school (private school), so its not like I'm one of the parents described in the OP. But I understand it. Hell, we used to take off on our bikes and our parents wouldn't know where we went and they wouldn't see us for hours. You'd be stupud to let your kids do that today.
Not to quote my own post, but it occurred to me that the flip side of the argument, is that parents being more protective keeps abduction numbers down. So maybe number if incidents isn't the best measure.
Wow, when someone in their 20s starts ranting about "kids these days", I feel very elderly. I also long ago accepted the fact that (a) helicopter parenting is here to stay, but (b) the world is definitely not the same as it was when I was young...meaning, its less innocent and more dangerous. At least that's my perception anyway.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports:
797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. (These crimes involve someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.)
One a side note, according to the NWS, the U.S. averages 300 injuries and 66 deaths per year from lightning strikes.
What does this have to do with kids being soft. This is more of a rant about parents being too paranoid and overprotective, but you literally said nothing about anything kids have done to prove they're soft.
It's not that I disagree with you, but if you're going to rant do it right.
Interesting..... I have a feeling though, that if someone really wants to kidnap a kid, they are going to find one......
But I agree that there are a ton of factors that probably keep the numbers down, such as mental health awareness and treatment, education of children on how to handle situations, etc.....
It's not just helicopter parenting.... although an argument can be made that even if it doesn't slow the rate of kidnappings, it definately won't be my kid
um, actually it kinda does..... remember when kids told their parents to get lost and were too cool to have mom watching over them..... that was called independence...
nowadays, little johnny is cool with mom chauffeuring him around and giving him spit baths in public to wash the snickers bar residue off his fat little cheeks
Especially when you get assholes who would serve their car on purpose when you'd walk to school. There were no sidewalks. It was sucked too when a car was coming, and I'd have to move to the 2 feet of snow and walk through that.
I wonder how many 20 somethings on the rcmb live with their parents.
You see a lot of kids that just love it when their mom does that? I doubt it.
Listen, if I gotta wait for the bus, I'm not gonna complain if my mom wants me to sit in the car with her for a few minutes to stay out of the cold. I love spending time with my mom. Always have. If that makes me soft, so be it. Sorry your parents didn't love you.
I doubt that is really up to the kids. Actually, I could walk a mile to the bus and then take that near my work and then walk another mile. Or I could ride my bike 10 miles to work, but I choose to drive in my nice comfortable car. I suppose that makes me soft, but most adults do the exact same thing.
Is this really the case that kids are soft today? Or does everyone else have some delusional memories of themselves being bad asses when they were kids.
Again, I don't necessarily disagree, I just haven't seen any real evidence that kids today are softer than they used to be. Just a bunch of whiny internet geeks making bold accusations.
But not because I want to. FML
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The bus stop was always great to torch the 1st bowl of the day.
Not even close. Google my screen name.
Why does it even matter? The point is that there are still sick fucks out there
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