*this may be offensive, however, you are not being forced to read it. it is my right to put it here, and your right to disagree*Does anybody else fear for our future? I don't mean disaster, end of the world future. Our relatively normal life future. When I see a band of bored, undirected youth walking around, I shudder at the thought they they will be running things all too soon.
Why does it seem so hard to find a real man? And I'm not expecting a bunch of John Wayne cowboys to be sauntering around, but really. All of the political correctness, and let's not do/say/think that since it may hurt somebody's feelings, somewhere, at some point in time.
Since when is it wrong to have winners & losers in a game? Yes, we want our children to have fun, but if there is no winner, what is the point? I'm not a terribly competitive person, but come on.
Have you ever seen the tv show Yes, Dear? There is one episode where the dad gets all upset because at his son's elementary track & field day, everyone got a ribbon & nobody lost. While just a cheesy sitcom (but funny!), Zach and thought he made a great point. What will push you do better if there is no standard to meet?
And where are parents getting this idea? Yes, I hate when my children are hurt or sad, but welcome to life! I am not raising children - I am raising functional adults! Tough love is not only tough on the the receiver, it can be tough for the giver!
Anyway, want to know what started my little rant? Just a little book. I was going through this book looking for some new activities and came across a couple of games.
The first just seems plain stupid. Instead of Simon Says, it is called Silly Says. It is just like Simon Says, but the "leader isn't trying to trick anyone." Wasn't that the fun part of Simon Says? Otherwise you are just playing Follow the Leader.
The one that really burned my cheese - Hug Rover. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, HUG Rover. Just like Red Rover, but "this version is less boisterous and does not encourage aggression." Maybe so, but it does encourage the passing of germs and way too much physical familiarity. the last step - "Rather than trying to break through the line, the child stops when he arrives. The line gathers around and gives him a group hug."
A GROUP HUG! Well why don't we just go ahead & get our children spayed & neutered and then we can all just love, love, love till the cows come home! But then they wouldn't be able to have sex at 14, and no life direction, abandoning any sense of responsibility that the day care instilled in them. I would hate to deprive my children of that!
I am not encouraging violence in the least, but seriously? When in life do we get that drive to succeed, do better, want to fight for something worthy?
I am sure this not coming across as clear as I am thinking it, but I am so fed up with a lot lately, and you are the lucky people who get to see me rant... This is only one of the many things that go through my messed up head.
Ever see the movie Falling Down with Michael Douglas?