I was thinking today, wouldn’t it be nice, swell even, or awesome, if individuals thought a bit further than themselves?
There is one group in society who I find particularly selfish, and some of you aren’t going to be too pleased at the group I’m about to point the finger at.
These days, many parents do not take responsibility for their kids. Yes, they are like flies on a fresh turd when something negative happens to their kid…the tiger mom, for example….and are quick to take credit when their kid does well. But I’ve noticed when they need to take responsibility for their kid’s actions or their kid starts exhibiting “socially unacceptable” behaviour, it ain’t our fault yer honour…
Take inoculations, for a starter. In the world where FN rules, children wouldn’t be allowed in preschool or school unless they’ve had their jags. Other children in these places, or family members, may be immuno-compromised. While measles or rubella might not seem a big thing to you it can put someone with a weakened immune system in the hospital, or worse.
Likewise, in my world, there would be better sick leave/pay, to allow people to stay at home when they are ill. Is it not fucking annoying having a meeting with someone with a cold or virus spreading their disease everywhere? I would rather have cancelled than risk picking up your germs.
And who are the biggest germ factories? Kids. Mom and dad don’t or can’t take time off work to look after junior so they send their kid to school with some contagious bug. In no time, it has spread throughout the school. I had the joy as a kid myself being in class with half the kids scratching themselves with chicken pox. This is probably one of the reasons scarlet fever is doing the rounds at the mo’. Look at any school in winter with stomach flu…it is rampant because kids go to school when they are still contagious. Linking back in with the part about inoculations, I think it is a bit much when schools have to write to mom and dad saying to keep junior home if they are ill because there is a kid in class who is getting chemo. This should be both common sense and common curtousy. I see lawsuits in the future….
On a completely different area, the papers over the last few months have been filled with parents blaming “pro-ana” and “pro-suicide” websites for the “harm” they cause to their kids. Seriously, if you’re that bothered don’t give them a laptop, or a mobile, or a tablet, or any of the other things that they can access the net with, and monitor them. I don’t think it is an issue that the net should be monitored or restricted, we need new laws for that, but legally parents are responsible for their kids. So, I say that if parents are concerned about what their kids are doing on the internet, then don’t let them have tech in their bedrooms. If you’re worried about sexting don’t give your kid a mobile. If you’re worried about what they are watching on TV don’t let them have a TV in their bedroom. Twenty years ago kids didn’t have any of these things in their bedroom, or at all, and they survived.
I think it is a bit much to blame others or society for things which are easily rectified by some swift action by parents. Making sure your kid is inoculated, keeping them home when they are ill, and making sure they aren’t exposed to things you aren’t happy with….are all easily in parents’ control.
It’s just about time that parents started exhibiting some of that control….as the drug ads say, “just say NO”