I don’t say much about politics on my blog. I do say a lot about parenting.
Parents who excuse their children for bad behavior and hateful choices must take responsibility for the actions of their children. They must also teach their children that stupid things they do as teens can and WILL follow these stupid children for the rest of their lives. No excuses. Chosing to be a douche is NOT a choice any of us want for our children. Having those ugly actions spread all over the Internet guarantees that the ugly actions will follow that child FOREVER.
I say this and I will repeat it again and again and again.
Hey kid, forget anything you ever do that is good BECAUSE no matter how much good you do – FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE – this one STUPID SHITTY THING is what you’ll always be remembered for. ALWAYS.
I know you’ve all seen this on the news or Internet. In case you haven’t this is what happened (from NBC news):
A Catholic archdiocese outside Cincinnati is investigating the actions of some of its high school students during the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington Friday.
Some students wearing Make America Great Again hats and clothing appeared to surround and may have taunted a Native American troupe as it performed the “American Indian Movement” song about strength and courage. It’s not clear which of those young people surrounding the Native Americans are students of Covington Catholic High School in Covington, Kentucky. There appears to have been jeering by another group of people preceding the incident caught on video.
Why were these boys there? Why did they migrate to the people they did? Why did they wear clothing that would provoke other protesters? Yes, I know all about self expression and freedom of speech but sometimes you have to THINK. You have to THINK about how others will react – because they WILL react, especially if you wear that slogan, picture, or message on your clothing that is meant to cause a reaction that you KNOW might be offensive to others.
Why not teach kids to have a dialog with others? Speak with your own words. Listen to others. Speak, not yell, not taunt, not threaten. Speak to join people together, not tear them apart. Ask others why they believe the way they do? Try to understand them. You don’t have to agree with them, but at least you can know where they are coming from too. Even if they’re an asshole. Rise above the asshole.
This isn’t the first time teens did ugly things that will go down in history.
The little pukes from Covington will go down in history the same way as Hazel Massery (the screaming girl) did in Little Rock. They will always be remembered for their ugly behavior. They will never be able to run far enough away from it no matter how old they are, or if by some miracle they have a change of heart. They will now and forever after been known for their stupidity.
- Talk to your kids.
- If you want change do it in a positive and productive way.
- Listen to your children.
- Teach your children about hate. Teach them that it is ok to have feelings, but to discuss them.
- Tell you kids that being a douche is NOT OK.
That’s it for now. I have to go write some short stories and a novel. Seriously folks, you’d think shit like this would only be in fiction. It SHOULD only be in fiction.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman
Note: I’ve already received messages saying this post is “FAKE NEWS.” Any hateful comments or comments about “FAKE NEWS” will be removed. This article is about teaching your children to be good decent people. It is not intended as a place for people to blindly spew their political agenda. You can do that somewhere else. Do it on your own blog.
If you want to wear your MAGA hat and mock old men that is your right as an American. That does not mean it is the right thing to do. If you want to tell me I’m evil because I’m not a vegan that is also your right, but again, that does not mean it is the right thing to do. Doing something rude and hurtful to provoke a reaction, and not a positive result is never the right thing to do.
For God’s sake even my conservative Republican husband agrees with me on this one. He warned me not to post this, but I feel that parents need to talk to their kids about this kind of thing.
I stand by my words. I stand by my story. I stand by my observations on society.