Bad Parents, from Scott Brooks

December 29, 2009 |

Out of control, screaming children in a small confined area would make anyone lose his enjoyment of life.

Babies cry. Kids get fussy. We've all been either on a plane or in a restaurant when a family has a kid/baby that is fussing/crying. Even though none of us like it, I think we all understand it. Kids get fussy and babies cry.

But children running and screaming down the aisle of a plane is a sign of horrible parenting. The parents should have stopped it. The airline personnel should have stopped it or at least made the parents stop it.

The greatest work you will ever do is within the walls of your own home. That includes giving your children boundaries and discipline. There are very few things one can do that are worse than being a bad parent and robbing your children of the lifeskills necessary to function in a civilized society.

In my household, my kids are like 99% of all kids in this world. They argue. They fight and fuss. They occassionally don't tell the truth. They leave towels on the floor and make messes. But they do these things as the exception and not the rule. And when they do misbehave, all I have to do is either:

1. Give them "The Look"
2. Use my "Daddy Voice"

The reason for this is simple. I don't have to spank them… because they know I will. I don't have to ground them, because they know I will. I rarely have to punish them, because they know I will.

Sure they make all the mistakes (and more) that I've listed above, but in the end, all it takes is a reminder from Dad (via "The Look" or the "Daddy Voice") and they know that I mean business… and it's time to stop.

Being a good parent is not that hard. I'd say it's pretty easy. Just takes a little work in the beginning then it's pretty much cruise control from there (well, pretty much).

I have no respect for bad parents.


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