Originally Posted by creek14
You go SunDeck!! Jello goes fits into molds, not kids.
I'll give that an amen.
I've got two nice, respectful, well-behaved kids and no use for pop parenting prescriptions. We use the three counts and it works. If I ever have to resort to hitting one of them, I'll consider it a complete failure on my part. By the way, their names are Otis and Romy. Having grown up with the most popular name in my generation, I got a little more than sick and tired of paying no attention to when I heard my name called out because it could have been any one of a dozen other guys near me. There's more than a handful of names in the world and no harm in using them.
I'll tell you what I don't see with my kids and their friends (many of whom lack standardized names too):
They don't seek conformity and ostracize anyone who doesn't maintain lockstep with the herd.
They don't get into fights. Seriously, my son's in third grade and pretty much every kid in his class hasn't
been in a fight. When I was that age, it was a brawl a month minimum. Some may bemoan that. I think it's kind of nice that their natural reaction to the slightest bit of conflict isn't to throw a fist.
They don't cuss like truck drivers. I did in the first grade. Most of the kids I knew did as well. I'm not saying kids today are angels, but they aren't trying to act like they're 40 either.
They learn more in school and seem to have a better time doing it. Thinking back on my education it often seems like the main goal of my teachers was to make us sit in a desk chair for the longest possible amount of time. They'd throw ditto paper at you and make you do the same mind-numbing tasks all day long for months on end, even long after you had the skills in question down pat.
Yeah, there's some out of control, unpleasant, over-coddled kids out there. There's also a lot of nice ones.