Character Tools = Solution for Rude Kids + Parents

May 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm 2 comments

rudekidToday’s tykes: Secure kids or rudest in history?” reads for me as a call to action for PlumbBrain where we can provide engaging character education tools for both kids and parents.  This article makes some wide sweeping generalizations; without any comprehensive data I’m not sure how anyone accurately identifies one generation as “ruder” than another, but I appreciate the point that parents and communities need to be cultivating empathetic kids (which doesn’t mean at the expense of their self confidence).  However, for every “rude” kid or parent I’ve interacted with, I can think of several delightful ones too, but I’m not sure how this ratio compares to previous generations.

Do you agree with the article’s claims of the kids are getter rudder, or are expectations and/or perceptions what are changing? 

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  • 1. Renee' Bacherman  |  May 8, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I am not sure how to measure whether kids are getting ruder either. Many adults (myself included) often forget what it was like to be a kid. The older we get, the easier it becomes to rewrite history. The adolescent behavior and mischief of our childhood escape into the recesses of our minds and are replaced with a made for TV notion that we were paragons of politeness and virtue. It is many of these same adults that wave their middle digits in the air, lay on their horns while stuck in traffic, cut to the front of the line, don’t tip their servers and are generally intolerant. If some children are ruder, it is not difficult to figure out from whom they learned that behavior. Manners, like respect, integrity, tolerance etc. are learned. Good parents, mentors and role models shape the behavior of our kids and can directly influence a better future for us all. Realizing the power of our influence and taking responsibility matter a great deal.

  • 2. Lisa Parker  |  May 9, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Absolutely, expectations are changing. For example when I was a kid I would not dream of calling a friend’s parent by their first name. It was always Mrs. Smith or Mr. Smith. Now it is just accepted that my kids friends call me Lisa. It would feel odd to have them call me Mrs. Parker. I like the warmth that suggests. Yet, when it comes to behaviors I have high standards — please, thank you, no potty talk, etc..

    Renee makes some great points — especially that manners, respect, integrity and tolerance are learned and those of us who play a role in the lives of children (our own and others) need to understand how potent our example is. At a certain point, however, the example of their peers takes on an enormously powerful role in influencing them — yes, the tween and teen years. I personally am passionate about Plumb Brain given that it is meeting tweens / teens where they already are (on-line in social networks) and allows them to learn about themselves — what makes them tick what their learning styles and temperment are while also discovering authentic motivations of their peers in making a difference in the world.


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