Disgusting. Appalling. Vomit-inducing. Horrifying. The list of negative adjectives goes on and on. When I first saw the headlines for this disgusting incident, I couldn't watch the video because I was at work. When I got home that night, I watched it the very first opportunity I could. I was speechless; it brought tears to my eyes.
So why is this being discussed on a political blog? First, there is a heartwarming side to this. A fund set up on Indiegogo.com with the intent of raising $5,000 to send Mrs. Klein on a nice vacation has now raised over $600,000! This is newsworthy regardless of what political side you're on. Secondly, it raises a key issue I think few Americans talk about openly: parenting.
Let it be known, I personally do not have a frame of reference; I do not yet have children, and my wife and I don't plan on having any for a few years. But aside from that, this incident did get us talking. We had an extensive discussion about it while walking our dog (the closest thing we have to a "kid"). We talked about what I feel is the most important question: how would we handle this? What if we found out our children were involved. Seeing that we are probably about 15-18 years away from having middle school-aged children, we have some time to learn, but discussing this now helps prepare us for this journey.
My wife's primary answer, of course, was "we would never have this problem." I'm sure she is right, but either way, sometimes it's not that easy. Ignoring her answer, IF this did happen, and one of our future kids were involved, how would we handle this? I'm sure a heavy dose of discipline would be in store (taking away video game privileges, grounding, who knows? etc), but what would it involve?
So my question to everyone out there: how would YOU handle this? What specific measures would you take? We desire to produce well-rounded, mannerly, future contributors to our society, and to me, it starts with parenting. There's no magic formula, and I'm curious to see what current parents have to say. In my opinion, in this "feelings first" age, children are not disciplined enough, and the stereotypical "spoiled brat" child is more prevalent. Of course, this is just my opinion, and I'm very open to learning the parenting opinions of anyone willing to share.
I believe well-behaved, better-educated, motivated, hard-working kids will lead to a better society, and in my opinion, it starts at home. What do you think? Please share thoughts below.