Discipline your children

April 6, 2013 

I just finished reading John Rosemond's March 31 column (LifeStyles) on the changes in parenting over the last couple of decades. He has hit the nail squarely on the head.

If the parents pay more attention to the kids than the kids do to the parents, then how will the little darlings ever learn that they aren't in charge? How will they learn respect for other people if they don't have any respect for their own parents?

It kind of amuses me when I see or hear the following. Parent: "If you don't stop that, then you won't get any ice cream, Starbucks or whatever!" Or when the parent starts glaring at the kid and counting, "One, two, three …"

I know that back when I was a kid, if my mom or dad said stop doing whatever I was doing. I stopped or got a smack on the head or butt. Nowadays if you smacked your kid on the head or butt they will press charges on you.

And oh yeah, speaking of Starbucks, no 9- or 10-year- old kid needs a $4 caramel mocha frap, and an iPhone!

SAM GOLDSMITH

Manteca

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