Last week, I went on the cutest date with the best man to Tiny Town. Tiny Town is comprised of a ton of little dollhouses and has a little train you can ride around the modest grounds. We arrived early before the crowds and commenced our tour of Tiny Town. As we got toward the back of the colony of dollhouses, I noticed two girls. The older girl looked about nine years old and the younger one around seven. They had a bucket and squeegee and were cleaning off the exterior of the tiny houses. I watched and listened to the diminutive cleaning crew working. As they cleaned the dirt off the dollhouse windows one by one, I heard the older girl explaining to the younger girl that the water was getting dirty and needed to be changed. They weren’t complaining, worked together without conflict, and encouraged each other to rally when they got tired. I was super impressed. Not only were these girls participating in age-appropriate chores, but the older girl was mentoring the younger girl by teaching her cleaning skills for life. There was no direct adult supervision, and there didn’t need to be because these two young ladies were clearly raised with a sense of responsibility. Yesterday, during my teeth cleaning, I was listening to my hygienist bitch about her step-children – two girls – ages ten and twelve who are spoiled brats with zero responsibility. These girls respect no one because they have never been taught respect. They have no life skills because no one ever taught them how to pick up after themselves. As a result, the girls are ungrateful and bored because they have no appreciation for responsibility. Parents who shelter their children from work are doing their kids a great disservice. Find age-appropriate tasks and teach your children early on that life is a balance between work and fun. Prepare your children for the reality of life not your fantasy of an ideal childhood. Teach them self-soothing skills and self-sufficiency, so you don’t end up gifting the world with your useless, lazy, spoiled, entitled, and ungrateful offspring. Yeah, I sound judgmental, but when it comes to parenting – if you aren’t going to do it right, don’t do it at all.
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