January 2013

Eat what’s on your plate!

Just don’t follow my example.

I am getting super tired of hearing about how bad “today’s kids” are. They’re spoiled, they’re too techy, they’re rude, they don’t play outside… Who do you think is behind all of this, for starters? I don’t agree with any of these statements (save for the not playing outside enough one), but if they were true, would they not be from parents and other caregivers spoiling, buying the tech products, not modeling good manners, etc.?

Adults seem to forget that children are people, too—people with their own personalities, goals, likes, and dislikes. Instead, they see them as controllable objects to maintain, like pets. “Here, eat this dog food,” one might say to his pet, offering the same kibble at each meal.