That's bad, right? Because it seems like I'm the only one lately who frowns on telling young children to shut up. I was visiting my SIL and my 6 year old niece walked up to say that her brother wouldn't get out of her room. Before she could finish, SIL starts yelling at her, "OMG JUST SHUT UP! You're always tattling! No one cares!"
Apparently, this is normal with my in-laws because I heard it again and again while we were visiting for a week. To me, it's like saying that what your child has to tell you is not important. She just tells them to shut up and go watch TV or play on the computer. The only time she ever gives them any attention is to pick on them or make fun of them. I don't get it. Why have children (she has 3, all planned) if you're not willing to pay attention to them?