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    Sometimes I just have to shake my head in complete wonder. This morning I was browsing through our neighborhood "Nextdoor" forum, as I sometimes do.

    I ran across a post from an angry parent whose kid had been told by an adult down the street that he shouldn't be riding his go kart in the street because it was dangerous and he could get hurt. Said kid went and told mommy and she took to the airwaves in righteous indignation. "How dare someone 'threaten' my kid for riding a go kart on a city street!"

    Of course, the herd picked up the anger and echoed it. "How dare anyone call the cops because my kid is riding an unlicensed vehicle around the city streets." They were cursing the city for making up such laws. There must have been 25 or more chimed in with exactly the same sentiment. Not a soul mentioned the elephant in the room. Sooooo...I just had to say something - nicely. Yes, I had my coffee.

    I reminded them first of all that there was a long and bloody history of children being run down by inattentive (or not) drivers. I reminded them that there wasn't a week goes by that numerous people complain publicly about "teenagers" driving at ultra high speeds around the neighborhood. I also let them know that unlicensed vehicles on the streets was not a city law, but part of the Texas Transportation Code - state law. Finally, I encouraged these "parents" that if they want this little jaunt legal for their kids, they should get busy and change the laws.

    What I didn't say is that I only wish they had been on-scene with me one morning where it took the fire department engineers an hour to extricate the mangled remains of a 7 year old and his go kart from underneath a pickup truck. IIRC, Child Protective Services almost removed the other children from that home because they felt the parents were grossly irresponsible for allowing the child on the go kart out on a busy street. But I was nice...I didn't say any of that. I only wish I had taken pictures that terrible Saturday morning. The images will forever remain etched in my memory.

    My thought is not in the spirit of the republic. I think...I think...there should be mandatory parenting classes, tests, and a license to procreate. Oh well.
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    What I find funny is that you have the parents that pay no attention to their kids whatsoever, and you have the overprotective parents that won’t let their kids get dirty. Why can’t we just have a good medium here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    Sometimes I just have to shake my head in complete wonder. This morning I was browsing through our neighborhood "Nextdoor" forum, as I sometimes do.

    I ran across a post from an angry parent whose kid had been told by an adult down the street that he shouldn't be riding his go kart in the street because it was dangerous and he could get hurt. Said kid went and told mommy and she took to the airwaves in righteous indignation. "How dare someone 'threaten' my kid for riding a go kart on a city street!"

    Of course, the herd picked up the anger and echoed it. "How dare anyone call the cops because my kid is riding an unlicensed vehicle around the city streets." They were cursing the city for making up such laws. There must have been 25 or more chimed in with exactly the same sentiment. Not a soul mentioned the elephant in the room. Sooooo...I just had to say something - nicely. Yes, I had my coffee.

    I reminded them first of all that there was a long and bloody history of children being run down by inattentive (or not) drivers. I reminded them that there wasn't a week goes by that numerous people complain publicly about "teenagers" driving at ultra high speeds around the neighborhood. I also let them know that unlicensed vehicles on the streets was not a city law, but part of the Texas Transportation Code - state law. Finally, I encouraged these "parents" that if they want this little jaunt legal for their kids, they should get busy and change the laws.

    What I didn't say is that I only wish they had been on-scene with me one morning where it took the fire department engineers an hour to extricate the mangled remains of a 7 year old and his go kart from underneath a pickup truck. IIRC, Child Protective Services almost removed the other children from that home because they felt the parents were grossly irresponsible for allowing the child on the go kart out on a busy street. But I was nice...I didn't say any of that. I only wish I had taken pictures that terrible Saturday morning. The images will forever remain etched in my memory.

    My thought is not in the spirit of the republic. I think...I think...there should be mandatory parenting classes, tests, and a license to procreate. Oh well.
    The wife and I are amazed at the attitude of so many folks on Nextdoor. It’s like Twitter on steroids. Lord help you if you are on the “wrong” side of the issue. And the “wrong” side is usually the most sane and reasonable side as in your go cart example. Nextdoor is a head shaker, but not without some entertainment value if you stay out of the insane bickering that devolves from initial discussion.

    And yes.....had there been parenting classes and the like, we might not be experiencing this foolishness....
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    So much for the idea that it takes a village to raise a child! When my kids were growing up I did get reports "from the village" and I also expected "the village" to chastise those kids if they did something wrong. But that was way back when most parents did their jobs.

    Some few of those reports were how polite my kids were when they went to various stores. That was when I questioned whether the person was actually talking about my child............
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    I think...I think...there should be mandatory parenting classes, tests, and a license to procreate. Oh well.
    ......had there been parenting classes and the like, we might not be experiencing this foolishness....
    Next thing you know they'll be paying college administrators to get into elite colleges..........

    Who'd have thought................

    So much for the idea that it takes a village to raise a child! When my kids were growing up I did get reports "from the village" and I also expected "the village" to chastise those kids if they did something wrong. But that was way back when most parents did their jobs.

    Some few of those reports were how polite my kids were when they went to various stores. That was when I questioned whether the person was actually talking about my child............
    I think we were neighbors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockymonster View Post
    The wife and I are amazed at the attitude of so many folks on Nextdoor. It’s like Twitter on steroids. Lord help you if you are on the “wrong” side of the issue.
    I quit the platform for that reason. Don’t need the drama.

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    I would only refer to the things in the news of the last 2 to 3 weeks.
    Just who do the parents think they are! SPECIAL!
    It is about time for the laws that are broken to be enforced, no matter who broke them.
    But then, where will the parents that are the subjects of this discussion be?
    Jail, community service, Assistants in an Emergency room at the local hospital?
    No-one is above the law. Ask the"in the news"parents that bought their kids into college.
    I have personal acquaintance with a local judge.
    I did something wrong, and"whew", he could have done some damage. But he was a little easier than expected.
    I was lucky and guilty.
    My ownership of the deed was unpleasant, but it was mine. I expect that everyone should have the same experience
    sometime in their early life to ground them and make them accountable for their, or in the case the parents, actions.
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    My wife is a teacher with 35 years experience. She was told by a parent this week that she needs a new profession, because her child is failing. It was her job to make sure her child passed. The child is never in school, never does their homework and the parent said that didn't matter it was my wife's responsibility that the child knew the material to pass the test. A little back ground of my wife, she teaches honor math, has one of the highest passing scores in the state for her classes and state test. Parents are some times their child's worst enemy. Their child does nothing wrong.
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    As long as they stay off my lawn and away from vehicles....That is the kids parents and Law Enforcement's problem.
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    My wife and I never had any kids because we got married in our 30s and both of us felt that to be the kind of parents we wanted to be, one of us was going to have to be around while the kids were growing up (even after school once they were in school). Since neither one of us wanted to give up our careers, we declined to have children. We spent as much time as we could with our seven nephews and tried to be the best possible aunt and uncle.

    Your story, OldChap is not surprising. The people raising kids today in most cases are like the neighbors with a dog that barks when they are not around. I've never met one that didn't insist that their dog did not bark incessantly when no one was home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post

    My thought is not in the spirit of the republic. I think...I think...there should be mandatory parenting classes, tests, and a license to procreate. Oh well.
    A tempting idea, but it's likely that the officials who would set the standards are themselves the type who shouldn't procreate.
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    Your neighborhood in TX must be having some unusual "weather"
    I'm not inclined to disarm for a concert, game, (entertainment) and I ain't going on a plane or cruise.
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    Funny story about having children....

    I am the last male in our family line and my parents were very anxious for my wife and I to have kids.We had already made up our minds not to have any when we were still living in New Orleans and I was working as a diver. One weekend when I was on shore, I got a call from a friend's wife who said my wife and I should drop by. She worked at the zoo and was taking care of a newborn monkey and invited us to come by to see it. We did and I had her take a Polaroid of my wife and I holding it. We sent it to my parents with a birth announcement but they did not see the humor in it. No sense of humor (or at least they did not appreciate my sick sense of humor...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpagus View Post
    I would only refer to the things in the news of the last 2 to 3 weeks.
    Just who do the parents think they are! SPECIAL!
    It is about time for the laws that are broken to be enforced, no matter who broke them.
    But then, where will the parents that are the subjects of this discussion be?
    Jail, community service, Assistants in an Emergency room at the local hospital?
    No-one is above the law. Ask the"in the news"parents that bought their kids into college.
    They can do whatever, just so the patrol units don't find them lying on their faces on top of the child's grave at 2:45 in the morning. That was almost as heartbreaking as the incident itself.

    @CDW4ME We have a lot of "imports" moving in from the socialist communist states. Actually that isn't fair of me. Some of them are excellent people. They grew tired of their environment and came here for some fresh air, so to speak. Or maybe free air. So far we haven't done bad. Dan Crenshaw is one of our reps.
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