I have a rule with my daughter. I don't ask her to do anything that I wouldn't do myself. And folks, I'm going to go out on a limb right now and guess that no one reading this here blog would voluntarily eat moose poop. Am I right?
Alrighty then, you'll probably share in my combined outrage and horror that an adult chaperoning a middle school trip somehow thought it was a good idea to convince teens that a pile of poo was "chocolate-covered almonds" so they'd take a bite. Needless to say, the "prank" didn't go over so well with the kids' parents.
The whole disgusting moose poop debacle has resulted in an upheaval in staffing at the Walter Whyte School in Manitoba. A principal has lost his job. The superintendent is scurrying around apologizing.
But I'm still trying to come up with a plausible explanation here. What adult in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to make teenagers eat feces? Wait. Maybe that's it: obviously they weren't in their "right mind."
I have noticed more than a few adults -- parents no less -- who seem to fall into the same off their rocker category. They'll do stuff to kids that they would never dare do to another adult. Or they'll make kids do things they won't do themselves. That's everything from eating food they wouldn't eat (seriously, if you hate lima beans stop making your kid force them down m'kay?) to giving their teenager some of the scut work around the house that grosses them out (we get it, litter boxes stink ... but it's your cat!).
All I have to say to those parents? Just wait. Just you wait.
Because the kids who are raised by parents who treat them like they're "lesser than" them are going to pay it back. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But eventually they are going to be fed up with your disrespect, and they're going to blow their lids.
Because it is disrespectful. Kids aren't play toys or servants. They're human beings just like adults. And that whole "do unto others as you would have done unto you" shtick that your parents taught you applies to THEM too.
So, if you wouldn't want someone to make you look like an idiot, don't do it to your kids. If you wouldn't want to sleep on a cold floor, don't do it to your kids. If you wouldn't want someone tricking you into eating feces from a giant mammal, don't do it to a kid. Got that?
Have you ever made your kids do something you wouldn't? What was it?
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