Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here is my observation: Teens and children often reflect the rhetoric they hear at home in an exaggerated way. Kids reflect their parents' views. However, because of their youth, the usage of their parents' views tend to be represented in very stark terms. Often without realization, a child can become a bully. They do not think of themselves as a bully, they are simply executing what they perceive the home attitude to be. Convinced of the rightness of their home view, any opposing view can be put-down and mistreated. The bully at school is being empowered by the attitudes and words of the parents.
So parents - are your words gracious or judgmental? Excluding or embracing? Tolerant or snide? How do you feel about other Religions? Ethnicity? Social status? Your attitudes will be reflected and amplified in your children.
Kids are killing themselves over the things being said and done to them by their peers. If it is going to stop, parents have to start taking a look at what kind of foundations they are laying at home.
The offhanded, gay-disparaging comment you make becomes a weapon in your child's hands.
Posted by Andrew at 9:34 PM