Kids these days...

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    Jul 04, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    okay, i realize im only 23 and . . . whatever, but i cannot stand children these days!

    I need you guys to weigh in on this issue - I believe that the children of these current times lack respect, necessary shy-ness, and the decency that I know I, and many others of my generation, were raised to have.

    As a lifeguard i see children allll friggin day...and yes, i may be biased as my job is to basically yell at them for everything. I see an utter disrespect for their parents, siblings, and other friends.

    Being seen and not heard, speaking only when spoken to, etc etc is basically how i was raised, and i do realize this as an extreme, but please tell me that parents these days are not canning all ideas of proper parenting...please.
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    Most of the time I have no interest in being around kids. They are usually pretty bratty and annoying. However, sometimes you meet a cute kid that will actually talk to you and not just shout out catch phrases from a movie or Dora/Diego. Most of the time kids just seem like they are in a tv show and all their emotions seem phony.
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:26 AM GMT
    How old are we talking here?
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    They aren't being raised right..... Or just being kids.

    What ever happend to "never talk to strangers"

    A little girl came up to me and asked to buy her nachos at the movies.
    Thats dangerous, and I didnt see a parent come to correct the kid.

    I bought her nachos.... Felt I had to.

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    Jul 04, 2009 3:35 AM GMT
    Hmm, in terms of age u asked...hmm, i can never tell ages but lets say anywhere from 10-15
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    hmm ill say from ages 5 up to 13. i dont mess with them and will kick their ass if they step outta line. they have no manners, they backtalk and curse worse than sailors when parents arent around.
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    How do you approach them? Do you go up to them yelling?
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidHow do you approach them? Do you go up to them yelling?


    Forgive me, but - obviously not.
    I live and work in a gated community and as a lifeguard i see many of the same kids day in and day out, both on a "when working" level as well as on a casual level. When guarding i'm very lax, not uptight like many guards and therefore do not open myself up to being disrespected. However, i notice consistently that kids (not just in my community) seem to lack the aforementioned qualities that older generations have. And i have questioned many others who have kids, and some with grandkids, on this issue.
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    Jul 04, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
    We talked about this topic before and the conclusion was: bad parenting.

    I've had teens come up to me and ask for money/spare change. And these were NOT homeless kids. They were fully decked out in name brand clothes, ipods, and designer sunglasses. I think they were collecting money for cigarettes or alcohol. Of course they were claiming it was for bus fare to get back home.
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    Jul 04, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
    Oh people, standards have fallen so very low . . . these children have parents who are little better than hooligans themselves . . . the parents are the selfsame people who consume sitcoms, watch Empire-in-Decline death rituals (pro football) and vote for major party candidates and, and . . .what could be more vulgar?
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    Jul 04, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    whosyourpaddy said
    Caslon11000 saidHow do you approach them? Do you go up to them yelling?


    Forgive me, but - obviously not.

    How was that supposed to be obvious to me on here?

    Just your response here kinda speaks volumes about you.

    I have charming children in my neighbor. They all address me as Mr. David. That's what the parents tell them to do. Here children say ma'am, sir, or Mr/Mrs whoever...but since they see me all the time, they use my first name after the Mr.

    Sorry about your neighborhood....And it's a gated community, you say. Well, I guess the rest of the town is happy they are being kept behind a fence. .... icon_lol.gif

    I just looked....OMG....

    funny pictures ... I thought Canada was supposed to be so perfect and friendly.
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    Jul 04, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWe talked about this topic before and the conclusion was: bad parenting.

    I've had teens come up to me and ask for money/spare change. And these were NOT homeless kids. They were fully decked out in name brand clothes, ipods, and designer sunglasses. I think they were collecting money for cigarettes or alcohol. Of course they were claiming it was for bus fare to get back home.


    Sounds like you're quick to assume the worst, while easily ignoring the best outcome. They could have truly been in need of bus fare - which you and I will never know. Them being decked out doesn't have any precedence to the situation.
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    Jul 04, 2009 6:33 AM GMT
    tereseus1 saidhmm ill say from ages 5 up to 13. i dont mess with them and will kick their ass if they step outta line. they have no manners, they backtalk and curse worse than sailors when parents arent around.


    oooh he's a big man with big manners he kicks teh kiddies asses when they step out of line!
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    Jul 04, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidWe talked about this topic before and the conclusion was: bad parenting.

    I've had teens come up to me and ask for money/spare change. And these were NOT homeless kids. They were fully decked out in name brand clothes, ipods, and designer sunglasses. I think they were collecting money for cigarettes or alcohol. Of course they were claiming it was for bus fare to get back home.


    Sounds like you're quick to assume the worst, while easily ignoring the best outcome. They could have truly been in need of bus fare - which you and I will never know. Them being decked out doesn't have any precedence to the situation.


    word.

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    Jul 04, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
    theonslaught saidWhat ever happend to "never talk to strangers"

    A little girl came up to me and asked to buy her nachos at the movies.
    Thats dangerous, and I didnt see a parent come to correct the kid.

    I bought her nachos.... Felt I had to.


    Really? You did? lol

    Seriously... Why? That would have been really risky and could have gotten really messy.
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    Jul 04, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    Even when i was 16, i couldnt stand 16 year olds. I still cant for most of them.
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    Jul 04, 2009 8:07 AM GMT
    Being a teacher, I see the bad/horrific children and then I run across the really good kids. It has to do with parenting. When you have parents blaming everybody but the child for their behavior, then you have an unruly child that doesn't anything wrong with the way that they behave.

    And you bought them nachos? Whenever I kid asks me that, I ask them, "If I buy you nachos, then you are going to cut my grass, clean out my gutters, and wash my car." The kid usually says, "Forget about it."

    theonslaught, I am willing to bet you that the kid's friend put the kid up to asking you buy the nachos, and you did. The kid probably called you a sucker, too.

    And the bus fare, I don't believe that. Kids that usually are decked out like that have twenty dollars or fifty dollars in their pocket and just don't want to break it. Being a teacher, I have seen it time and time again. And I tell them over and over again that they shouldn't walk around flashing their money.
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    Jul 04, 2009 8:11 AM GMT
    blind2limits said
    Sounds like you're quick to assume the worst, while easily ignoring the best outcome. They could have truly been in need of bus fare - which you and I will never know. Them being decked out doesn't have any precedence to the situation.

    LOL. You're naive. Maybe it's different in your area. But here in LA, rich kids don't take the bus.
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    Jul 04, 2009 11:44 AM GMT
    Delivis saidEven when i was 16, i couldnt stand 16 year olds. I still cant for most of them.



    Hearing ya loud and clear!, I don't know what it is with kids nowadays but I know my mother didn't raise me to be like that, and so glad I'm not like them either..... I'm sure we're not the only one's that have noticed!
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    Jul 04, 2009 11:51 AM GMT
    I'm an expert on child rearing...I tell my breeder friends that all the time.
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    But srsly, I think the problem is two-fold.
    Over the last decade or so, parents have decided they want to be friends with their spawn, not parents. They negotiate rather than demand compliance.
    "If you clean up your room we'll go to the toy store". There are two good cops, no bad cop in the new routine.

    And parents are afraid to apply any sort of corporal punishment in deference to overzealous social service investigations.
    When kids don't fear adult correction, it's the spawn running the show.
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    Jul 04, 2009 12:05 PM GMT
    Lyrics to "Kids" from the musical "Bye, Bye, Birdie!" in 1960:

    Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!
    Kids! Who can understand anything they say?
    Kids! They're disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
    Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
    While we're on the subject:
    Kids! You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
    Kids! But they still just do what they want to do!
    Why can't they be like we were,
    Perfect in every way?
    What's the matter with kids today?
    Kids! I've tried to raise him the best I could
    Kids! Kids!
    Laughing, singing, dancing, grinning, morons!
    And while we're on the subject!
    Kids! They are just impossible to control!
    Kids! With their awful clothes and their rock an' roll!
    Why can't they dance like we did
    What's wrong with Sammy Caine?
    What's the matter with kids today!
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    Jul 04, 2009 12:05 PM GMT
    Aristotle complained about the younger generation, so I figure it's just part of life.

    Thank you for reminding me of one of my favorite "short sayings or quotes."
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    Jul 04, 2009 12:41 PM GMT
    My parents say that kids today have no manners or respect...

    My grandparents said that about my parents' generation...

    My great-grandparents said the same thing about my grandparents' generation...


    Notice a trend?? As the saying goes, you have the best view in the room because you can't see yourself.
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    Jul 04, 2009 1:30 PM GMT
    t0theheights saidMy parents say that kids today have no manners or respect...

    My grandparents said that about my parents' generation...

    My great-grandparents said the same thing about my grandparents' generation...


    Notice a trend??


    Yes.
    Someone came from a long line of bad spawn.

    j/k!
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    Jul 04, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    Kids these days, 18 and under, are the most horrid bunch of little buggers that have ever been seen! They must share equal blame with these daft parents!
    This whole mentality this country has about walloping these little miscreants bloody amazes me!! icon_eek.gif If I EVER spoke to even my Nanny or Governess, nevermind parents, the way these little dolts speak to their parents and educators, I would have been thrashed through and through. (And believe me, I received one good thrashing and that was it.)
    There is nothing wrong with being heavy handed with the child. These parents here, need to grow a bloody backbone.
    -Keith
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