It Takes a Village

“There are a ton of middle school kids all over the playground swearing. If your kid is here today with friends, they are being extremely disrespectful!!!”

  • Take a picture of them and post it here.  Their parents need to know.
  • I’ve dealt with kids that act like that in public. They really don’t care. Some kids will get scared, some will apologize, most will run away laughing because they got called out, and then you’ll have your little handful of assholes that will turn around and stare at you as they continue their rude behavior or even tell you to shut your face….. Best advice I can give – walk away and tell you own kid, “…if you ever act like that in public….” 
  • The boy with a green shirt on was the ring leader.   I’m pretty disgusted by the behavior and I surely hope that a mom here knows what child I’m describing and will let the parents know.
  • They are ALWAYS there and ruin it for the little kids. I definitely agree that they would benefit from a visit from the police to move along.
  • It takes a village!

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE

“It takes a village” seems to be a common theme among parents. Being a part of a local community facebook page has given me an opportunity to think about what I want my village to look like, and what I’m not ok with. I want a village consisting of parents who remember what it was like to be a kid, and a tween, and a teen.

Aren’t most of us glad social media wasn’t around then?

Whew!!

I want “a village” of parents in the community who are leading with compassion, and empathy, and grace. There is nothing compassionate or empathetic or graceful about posting physical descriptions of and shaming children on local community facebook pages – NOTHING. There is no leadership when adults speak (or post) with disdain, sarcasm, or disrespect. I want “a village” that understands how children learn….and that children who are “unruly” are often children who are being bullied and controlled in their own homes, rather than supported and empowered. Adults who can see past those kid’s behavior to the emotion and needs behind it.

It’s hard.

We all falter sometimes.

I understand the desire to protect our little ones from trampling teens and less than desired language, but there is a better way to validate these kids and model the respect we so easily demand from them.

WHAT DOES YOUR IDEAL VILLAGE LOOK LIKE??

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