Parenting is not giving your child everything they want. Parenting is not being your child’s friend. Parenting is about preparing your child to be a useful and respectful person in society.
Computers shouldn’t be parents, but they are. Please, spend time with your kids. If you don’t want to, then I don’t want to. It might hurt you to discipline your offspring, but it saves the child from being disciplined later by someone less forgiving. Like a criminal court judge. If you don’t spank your child, someone else will.
Today’s new age parenting guarantees you’ll hear children screaming, whining and begging for items and attention in an airplane, store or any other public place. If your kid doesn’t act well around you, then I don’t want them around me. Who would want your disruptive, bad-behaved kid in their classroom, camp or home? Basically, you are raising a child that only you can love — and not hear.
Let me be frank - I have no issue at all with folks bringing their kids with them (other than a place they should not be - bars, adult venues, etc.). What I do have a problem with are the parents that allow their children to run amok in any situation - restaurants, airplanes, really anywhere. Behavior of your child is a reflection on you, and when you pay them little or no attention (think iPad, iPhone, etc.) you look really bad, and are ruining the experience of folks around you. I realize there are times when kids don’t feel well, or are having an off day -but why bring them, and then ignore them?
(Full disclosure - I am not a parent. Nor do I endorse spanking.)
Source: The New York Times