My ten year old son just began playing with a few kids from the community. A family who lives nearby has two children, a boy and a girl. The boy is eleven, while the little girl is just seven. These kids are ROUGH!
A few years ago our son visited with the boy, whose name is Tommy. When he came home, he told of a very cool movie he and Tommy watched. ‘The Scorpion King’! He had nightmares for weeks! I was appalled by the fact that this kid’s parents allowed their kid to watch the movie, let alone allowing our kid to watch it without even calling us first. We swore he wouldn’t be going back there for quite a while.
Anyway Tommy seems to have grown up a bit. I say that jokingly. He came over in our yard armed with a home made bow and arrow, with another under his arm that he made for my boy, and had plans to go small game hunting in our yard.
What he didn’t realize is that our yard is a no kill zone for everything short of mosquitoes and house flies. I caught up with the two of them at in the driveway and explained our rules. Tommy couldn’t believe it that we actually fed birds and squirrels. When he seen that the birds were so tame that they ate from my hand, he was amazed.
Kids these days are so violent! When I asked what his favorite activity was, he explained that his parents just bought him the new Call of Duty game. This is a game rated M for mature. Doesn’t this mean anything to parents?
Anyway, the kids were out back playing when all of a sudden we heard the screams. The neighbor’s little girl (who looked like she was raised by wolves, long matted hair looked like it was never cut or combed) had her teeth clamped on my son’s arm. I ran to his rescue, hollering at her to let go. When she did let go, her and Tommy (who had his sights set on a little mother robin in her nest) were both sent home and not welcomed back.
These days it is so difficult to raise kids. Parents no longer have the right to discipline their children, and it seems as if the kids are aware of this. We use grounding for one sort of discipline, but we are usually the ones punished when we have to listen to the complaining and grumbling from our kid, but I feel that is our job as parents to act like adults. Tommy and his sister spend most of their time in front of the television playing violent games, and it really shows on them. While some games are educational, it seems that the kids refuse to play them in favor of the the shooting and killing varieties. This troubles me greatly. Just saying…