When Bad Behavior is Encouraged and Enabled
It’s become a tired cliché for older people to complain about today’s spoiled brats, especially in comparison to their own rugged childhood and strict upbringing. “My folks whupped me if I got out of line,” etc.
But maybe things really have gone too far the other way. This article talks about low expectations becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The result is bad behavior which often continues into adulthood.
"Negative expectations on the part of both parents and children predict more negative behaviors later on,” according to a psychology professor.
The same professor also said, "Sometimes parents expect more negative behavior from their own adolescents than they should…”
Maybe some of the old adages were true after all. Who among us never got that stern parental warning: “Careful! What if your face froze in that position???”
And sometimes these badly-brought-up uneducated rubes get together with like-minded friends. The results are not pretty.
And now, Republican leaders are going over their to-do list, making sure there isn’t a single group they haven’t alienated yet.
Women — Check.
Hispanics — Check.
Blacks — Check.
Working people — Check.
Non-Biblethumpers — Check.
People with foreign-sounding last names — Check.
Jews — Check.
Apparently, some of those politically-correct oversensitive Jewish leaders are getting a tad irritated by the rightwads’ constant comparisons of Hitler and Obama. Gee, ya think?