Children destroying things.
Recently I have run across a slew of people that feel parents should not buy new or “nice” things (such as couches, furniture etc.) until their children have grown up and moved out or on. I’m sorry? I have a child so I can’t own anything nice for 18+ years. Yeah, I don’t think so. I completely understand that children can and will occasionally harm things, spill things and break things. This however should NOT be the norm. Whatever happened to teaching your kids to respect other peoples property and to have consequences when they don’t?
I realize that my child is only 21 months old and that “I just don’t understand yet.” But, seriously people, Bullcrap. My mother taught me to respect her things. We had nice things, even breakable knick-knacky things in our house. I did not destroy things. Our house was by no means a museum and I can’t say that nothing was ever harmed but I learned that things had value and to appreciate their worth. I am sick and tired of people telling me that I had better babyproof MY house better because their child may break my things.
I’m sorry but my kid has better manners than that already. I supervise and don’t allow him to destroy things and there are and will be consequences when he does. In fact, if I’m not around? Feel free to discipline him. He needs to respect and listen to adults. Even if their not me.
……okay, now I feel a little better. Several conversations with a co-worker and Happy Working Mom‘s blog got me riled up today. We can talk about happier things later. 🙂