With the growing difficulty of teenagers who ignore school, their parents, their obligations and think they can just pass on by, it is time for parents to take a look at what is happening here. We are giving our kids a “hall pass.” In our quest to have them love us – or at least pretend to, we are ignoring the need to play tough and get them to understand that they have obligations and responsible roles to play in school and the family.
Answer honestly as you are the only one in the room. How many of you ignore a poor grade and still give your kids the keys to the car so they can go hand with friends instead of study? How many of you catch your kids lying to you about whether or not they really did talk to the teacher about some extra help? How many of you worry so much about them being socially liked that you will forgo a needed punishment to be sure they can attend a party or be with their friends? Let’s talk about drugs for a moment. How many of your kids smoke dope? How many of you demand that they stop and put a consequence to that? You’d be surprised at how parents lose a blind eye to what they believe is just the way it is right now. . How many of you let your kids just leave the dinner table or not even show. This is the time that traditionally families were to share their day and their issues. The real question is, how many of you really know your kids?