Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review it Wednesday -- Reviewing the current state of mind

Today's review is not about a product. No. It's about a prevalent attitude in today's society.

Let me ask you a question: When your child's team loses a game, or your child loses a one-on-one competition/match, how do you want them to respond?

Is it acceptable for them to pout, stomp their feet, push or shove the opponent (or their fans), or start name calling or bullying? Is it?

Do you encourage this kind of behavior or do you expect your children to be gracious losers?

What about when you or your spouse are watching sports? Do you show respect to the other team or its fans? Or do you shout obscenities at the opponents or your own team members when they make a mistake? What kind of example are you setting for your children? They're watching you, you know. And children love to mimic their parents.

Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty. What are your children learning from you in the face of this current election? 

I'll let that question sink in a bit.

What do they hear you saying to the television when a political ad is playing? 

What do they hear you saying at the dinner table about the candidates running for office?

What names have you called the presidential hopefuls? Have your children heard those names?

What about your friends and family members who may be supporting a candidate you don't like (hate?)? Have your kids heard you tearing them down behind their backs? 

What, in God's name, is going on? This generation of children is being exposed to some of the nastiest behavior from the adults around them. And they're not going to forget it.

After the election, many of you are going to be disappointed, disheartened, fearful, angry...

What part of that is okay for your kids to absorb into their developing personalities? Is hatred toward a president -- our president -- really acceptable? 

Listen, I understand your feelings. I really do. But what I cannot accept is the hatred being spewed about -- on both sides -- toward each other. I don't want my grandchildren being raised to believe it's okay to hate simply because you disagree.

Think about it. That's all I ask.

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