OP-ED; Back to the Source: Parenting

kim kardashian

I was on the 1 train the other day and had the pleasure of viewing some of our nation’s youth in an up close and personal way. These youth that I speak of were accompanied by a rather timid and permanently smiling chaperone and I assume they were on some sort of school trip.

The first thing that I noticed was the rowdiness. These kids must have been in the 10-12 age range and, for the most part, they were loud, rude and rambunctiously obnoxious. I overheard a few of them discussing a teacher’s appearance and calling this teacher different names. Their chaperone overheard this as well and signaled for the kids to stop but they just kept on going. Not only did they keep on going, they looked the chaperone in the eye, replied with the affirmative and then, seconds later, went on with their unruly gossip.

There were two or three kids, If I remember correctly, all girls who were sitting down, in conversation but quietly, and obeying the direction (of which there was little) of the chaperone. They noticed that their loud peers were being so right next to a woman minding her own business on the train. The well behaved girls signaled their peers to move away from this woman, as their noise was likely bothering her. The rambunctious kids reply with a cuss laden rebuttal which, at its core, said they weren’t bothering anyone and the woman was okay.

It seemed that the chaperone of these children was scared. Scared of the children themselves, scared of what they might think of her, sacred that she might do some wrong. She seemed like a nice woman but she was a horrible chaperone.

I think that this experience which I had reflects on a dire problem in our society. People don’t know how to raise kids and there is nobody, or someone not adequately, training them. Our country is a nation of all nationalities and backgrounds, all of which have their own societal methods in raising children. These methods should not be allowed to persist in the US.

People beat their children, curse at them at the top of their lungs, don’t show the love a child needs from their parents, and don’t give them the time of day. A child needs to be nurtured, taken care of, spoken to softly and educated on how to function in this world. I believe that it’s safe to say that all crime can be traced back to some poor parenting and it doesn’t stop with that. As in the incident shared above, teachers and chaperones need to be better trained on how to treat their students and how to deal with all sorts of behaviors. Failure in this area too can lead to catastrophe and tragedy later on.

It is illegal for one to hit their child and there are laws in place to prevent abuse. But it shouldn’t end there. The government should subsidize programs in which potential, prospective and current parents can get the education they need. Parents shouldn’t be saying that back in “so and so” we treated our kids as such, so that’s how they will be treated here. We need to convert these child rearing traditions into reliable, research based, parenting methods. This can hopefully lead to a large decrease in crime and juvenile delinquency and create a healthier and more enriched society for us all.

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