Parents – and kids
Yep, it's been a while since I posted a rant, I've had a few mulling around and this one has been there, brewing for quite some time. Being way off the bike topic I debated whether to voice it and then whether to post it, but hey! its my site, I'll post what I want.
People often say jokingly "don't have kids, it's a life sentence" I'm sure when you delve further the majority of these people would admit that they wouldn't now change what they have.
To my mind you can also reverse that saying "don't have parents, it's a life sentence" lets face it, we're stuck with the parents we have, we can't change them, we can't go back and undo the events which brought us forth into this world. It doesn't even stop when they're gone, the guilt, the self-recriminations keep on until the end of our own lifetimes.
These days, I feel that too many enter into parenthood lightly. Most young parents do not seem fully aware of the huge responsibility they have taken on of bringing a new life into the world, the responsibility of caring for that child, shaping both mind and attitudes.
Of course there is only so much a parent can do, the child has its own personality and mind to throw into the mix, however every influence during that child's early years, I believe, shapes the person they will become.
People don't seem to value their children much anymore, I've lost count of the times I've seen little ones toddling out into roads too far ahead of the parent to really be able to be hauled back if required. Road awareness and road sense does not seem to be taught by either parents or schools, parents are frequently seen setting bad examples - crossing between parked cars, not at marked crossings, whilst the pedestrian light is on red etc etc.
Whether we like it or not we are like our parents in many ways (it can take a while to come out) just as we are like our children; don't judge so harshly lest you be judged in return.
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