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    Has it got that bad that.... a rear family matter

    we now need a school that teaches parents how to take kids to the playground at the Park.

    Last week i sat with Linda through her morning breakfast television show. This channel has a roaming reporter visiting various sponsors events/sites to promote whatever it is they doing. ( Call it what it is an attempted camouflage of commercial promotion being endorsed as a news item).

    Well i could not believe my ears and its driven me crazy ever since. Over the weekend we got together with a large group of our local friends for a travelling supper and over the coffee i brought up the subject and no one else had heard of it but they were all amazed. All of us are at the age where the kids are in the launchpad to life either having just finished schooling and now working or still at tertiary education somewhere.

    The very idea hit me between the eyes but the final coup de grace was when the lady enlightening viewers as to the content said one important thing they had to teach Moms was "Mom put your phone down when going to the playground and keep an eye on the kid"

    At that point i asked Linda if we could change the channel as i could not take it anymore. The social change was just too much for my pea brain to handle.

    I never had the greatest parents by any standards and i don't think i was ever supervised, i caused all sorts of mayhem even burning down our garage (none of it deliberately) ended up in hospital several times in my life for self inflicted damage of some sort or other. But i sure learnt a great deal and have tried to let my sons have similar freedoms within certain bounds and norms same as i was given.

    But has the obsession with the phone gone so far as to warrant that we now need to have parenting classes on how to take a child to a public playground.

    Unfortunately i was so shocked out of my wits at the time that i did not catch the name or location of the business running these classes. Part of me thinks this is a consequence of someone tapping funding available in our Province from all sorts of government sources for any non profit social organization that has a cause that impacts the community and is being used as job creation. If this has been run on April 1 i would have thought it an April fools joke.

    Whats your thought on this subject are things among new parents really that bad. Where have we gone wrong as a generation in producing offspring that feels they need to be told how to conduct a play session for their kid at the local park.
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    in my experience with my kids and some others that i know well, i think the way of life has changed from we had and expect for others to do today.. i have one SIL that comes to visit and if he isnt eating or cooking he is on the phone doing games or reading and what ever but he isnt walking or working or just puttering on something outside.. when i was a kid growing up the new fad was to raise kids like Dr. Spock said to do and a lot of folks did.. mine didnt it was old school and that is why i am the way i am today.. in my kid raising time, i did the way i saw and made some changes that i felt necessary.. and now they are in the drivers seat and they both do it differently than i did, and one is completely different from the other so as i see the world today is that tomorrow is going to be a completely differnt society than what we had rob. just one simple example is that in my area you cant find school kids that want to work during the summer months, a few will mow grass but not any hard work, i found one neighborhood boy age 14 that would work some and his dad was my friend and was raised the same as me.. so i am going to just trod along and do it myself and if i cant then it wont get done. i dont know how they younger ones can think that this money tree that mom and dad have provided for previous years is going to keep them going at the young adult years..???
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    "Mom put your phone down when going to the playground and keep an eye on the kid"

    Well, Rob, at least it was GOOD advice. Kids don't come prewired with our experiences and even when we program them properly (or so we think) the outcome is often more than unexpected. You certainly have been there, done that recently.
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    [QUOTE=Rob Keeble;409215]"

    ) ended up in hospital several times in my life for self inflicted damage of some sort or other.


    this would explain a lot of things.
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    I sometimes think we are headed for a world where kids play by sitting against a wall, wearing helmets and playing with nerf balls.
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    That blasted cell phone - hmmmmm.

    It is far more important than

    1) paying attention while driving
    2) watching the kids in th eplayground
    3) paying attention to the company you are with (your friends)
    4) cell phones MUST be answered at any cost - MANDANTORY - whenever and whereever it rings.

    I wonder - did HAL make it into the cell phone?
    Will we eventually get a computer chip implanted into our head?
    Will - we get --- er --- programmed?
    Are we to become ---- CYLONS?

    No ohhh NO --- please don't let my mind wander on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    I sometimes think we are headed for a world where kids play by sitting against a wall, wearing helmets and playing with nerf balls.



    I think they will have headgear- not helmets -- and be -- plugged into mobile devices - not nurfballs.

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    Well Rob.

    I also had a sort of unsupervised childhood which earned me some stiches in head when we made stone throwing wars, or when I fell off a tree that I had been climbing all summer, it just happened that I fell on the last day of holydays when mom was packing and getting ready to come back home.

    Having said so, and having not seen the program, maybe the intention was to draw attention to the fact that kids are easy prey for kidnappers, pedophiles and so forth. My mom used to tell us never ever accept sweets from strangers and run away from anyone we didn't know who offered anything to us.

    I think that nowadays we have the two sides of the coin, parents who are completly irresponsible and do not supervise at all (and not educate) their kids anywhere and parents who are so obsessive protective towards their children that turn them into stupid beings uncapable of solving the smallest incovenience in their lives such as tying their laces or stand up to get a glass of water. Which eventually turns them into the most selfish, arrogant and insolent beings. Curiously enough both ends lead to similar sort of results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ( Call it what it is an attempted camouflage of commercial promotion being endorsed as a news item).
    First we must realize that "News Shows" are not actually "the News" they are entertainment shows that use News items as their source material. This covers nearly everything you see on television including the extreme right or left wind "shows" that claim to be "finally telling you the straight story" under the guise of "the News" .

    At that point i asked Linda if we could change the channel as i could not take it anymore.
    I don't even have TV at my house but, even with my minimal exposure, this is a common occurrence at LOML's house.
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    http://fox6now.com/2014/07/29/mother...to-park-alone/

    Interesting to see this in the news yesterday.

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