Do parents even try to parent anymore?! Vent of sorts...
Maybe it's my PMS or something but this topic has really been annoying me today. I usually frequent the Advice for Moms board along with this one. I mostly just read and "like" posts I agree with and comment from time to time. It's seems like a common theme that there are parents with serious issues parenting they small children. Here on the teen board is mostly dealing with teens with raging hormones and pushing limits and such. They are on the cusp of adulthood so you kind of expect it to be a turbulent time at least sometimes.
Then I read over on the other board parents freaking out because they can't control their one or two year old and all I can think is: You better get it together now because you are going to really be clueless in another 10 years if you don't. Some of them truely seem like they don't have the first idea of how to raise a child. I am far from perfect, believe me. But I at least prepared for my kids. I read books, parenting magazine, talked with my Dh on how were would handle different issues such as discipline. It's like some of these Moms just thought lets have a few babies and just wing it!
Like I said I am not a perfect parent but when my children were small we had routines, discipline, rules, structure. But, also tons of love and hugs and special time with Mom or Dad and praise for making good choices. I was actually asked by a parent this year if my youngest DS6 was on the spectrum for autism because he never got in trouble in class and was quiet during instruction. I was baffled at first. Someone actually thought my child was special needs because he was taught to behave and be respectful. After having lunch with him one day I could almost understand. Some of the children were literally acting like animals.
I have to wonder though is it just me? Or do others see this trend too?