Why Are All the Children Screaming?

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It’s the Holiday Season which means there are all kinds of events.Stop YELLING!

Parties, programs, church events, trips to the mall, and concerts to name just a few.

This also means one thing.

There will be loud wild obnoxious children running amok.

Why is this?

When did it become acceptable for parents to allow their kids complete and total freedom in public?

What happened to parents dropping "The Look" on their children from 40 yards away?

Where did the days of my youth go when kids were to be seen and not heard?

Who decided it was okay for school-aged children to run up and down aisles screaming and fighting?

What happened to common sense parental supervision?

Lastly, what happened to parents giving other adults permission to discipline their children if they saw or heard them get out of line? 

Individual rights and freedoms are certainly important, but so is respect for the group.

Any chance there is a correlation between the volume level of children and society’s decision that it is inappropriate to ever spank them?

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15 Responses to “Why Are All the Children Screaming?”


  1. Tim
    on Dec 9th, 2012
    @ 12:58 pm

    I was recently reprimanded by an adult for making my child sit down as a disciplinary measure… I’m glad they couldn’t read minds.


  2. anita
    on Dec 9th, 2012
    @ 4:01 pm

    yes…the value of “the look” is underestimated….my kids knew it well


  3. audrey
    on Dec 9th, 2012
    @ 4:30 pm

    I see the lack of parental discipline even at school. It’s so depressing! My parents would never let me behave so badly! I think alot of parents have decided that it’s easier to ignore the bad behavior, but they’re doing their kids a serious disservice, because they won’t know how to respect their bosses and be considerate of others in the work place.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    You speak the truth.

    In 20 years, big business may be demanding more discipline in our schools.


  4. Kelly
    on Dec 10th, 2012
    @ 9:43 am

    Tantrums in the middle of the mall and children running up and down the aisles at church are commonplace. It’s very sad. The “Look” did not work well on my children, so they were taken to the car and disciplined (yes, I spanked them and now that they are in their 20′s they swear they are not scarred for life) and they are appalled at the way other adults let their young children act. The way some teenagers and young adults talk and act in public is even more appalling.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    You are a good parent.


  5. kristin t
    on Dec 12th, 2012
    @ 10:10 am

    I sat in a parent-teacher conference the other day where the parent said (in response to an outburst by the teen during the meeting), “Don’t look at me – she talks to me at home like that, too!” Hmmm…

    Michael Smith Reply:

    I’m shedding a tear for society.


  6. Jenny
    on Dec 13th, 2012
    @ 8:10 am

    I pull my Teacher Look out in public all the time. Sometimes kids aren’t getting The Look from parents, so I consider it part of my civic duty.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    You… are a GREAT American citizen.

    Keep fighting the good fight… with your look.

    I’ve seen my wife do it. Although, it’s funnier when it’s not directed at me.


  7. wozza
    on Dec 13th, 2012
    @ 7:57 pm

    No different in Wuxi where a load of only childs (sic) rule the roost.


  8. Dawn Casey-Rowe
    on Dec 16th, 2012
    @ 7:00 am

    Great post!!!


  9. Jane
    on Dec 20th, 2012
    @ 9:51 am

    The look.

    Now you’re bringing back memories.

    It’s true kids seem to have gotten a lot louder and ( a lot) less controlled.

    I’ve definitely experienced this first hand for several months while spending time with an old friend.

    Rather then giving her child the look she gave me the look and said it was o.k. because he was just playing.


  10. Oscar
    on Feb 20th, 2013
    @ 9:07 pm

    This idea that nobody else can discipline a child other than their parents is an outgrowth of the permissive society and the overprotective parent syndrom. For those of us in the private sector, who cares? I’ve had parents tell me that if their child got out of control, that I was to call them. Well, fat chance lady. I have no authority to discipline your child, and no responsibility for them either. I have no obligation to call you about anything. If they “get out of control” on my property, I’ll call the police or my lawyer (as applicable.) If they get out of control elsewhere, I’ll ignore them. I couldn’t care less if your overindulged kid plays with a rattlesnake. You want all the authority, then you take all the responsibility.

    However, for those in the public sector (i.e. teachers), being stripped of all disciplinary authority (and make no mistake, in many jurisdictictions they have been), this will be an educational and character development tragedy. “You touch my child and I’ll have your hide” really translates into “you dare challenge my child in any way and I’ll have your hide.” The child rearing model must change, or education and character development in our country will become strictly voluntary. That is an injustice to children, who are too young to understand the long term ramifications of failure to obtain and academic education or develop civility.


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