Blog 16 theknockerblog.com
Parenting with substandard DNA
It is said that we have to be 10% smarter than the thing we are trying to control.
OK Knocker What are you getting at now?
I’m just thinking here but it seems to me that the sheer number of world calamities in the past two hundred years have caused a deterioration in the part of the human DNA that effects courage and the ability to determine cause and effect. I allude to this development in my book; A View from the street/ River City Policing; coming out this winter. I Postulate that at some point in our recent history the population of western nations just fought too many wars. In doing so too many of our brave young men were eliminated from the gene pool. This has allowed for the genetic trait for male passive behavior to be brought out in the population.
The seeming complete lack of ability, of young parents, to control the two year old population of the nation, is in my considered opinion complete and utter cowardice. How can we call ourselves “The home of the Brave” if we can’t discipline a two year old? Further evidence of this is Very low turnout in the voting booth, but I’ll address this in a later blog.
I heard on the news today that a growing number of young children are being poisoned by dish washer soap packets. How can this be? Well I believe that it is due to the in ability of parents to correct or see the need to train toddlers early enough in their development. Many that I have seen are just plain scared of the little tikes. Others are not smart enough to realize you can’t carry on adult conversations with children under 8 years old.
I watched my daughter in-law stand with her hands on her hips and repeat the word, “really ”, over and over while the child refused to grasp the meaning of her request and was heading into a dangerous confrontation with the public street. Her Grandmother had to head the kid off and do the scolding. This never happened with our boys they learned from the time they could reach out and touch things what was ok and what was not. We never picked up anything, and nothing was ever broken. The kids knew they were not allowed to get into cabinets or enter certain rooms in the house. Danger is everywhere and the sooner parents and young children learn this FACT the safer life is for us all.
Lest anyone think I’m not speaking from experience here are some things I did because my parents were in attentive to the lessons I abdicate. At two I climbed to the top of the refrigerator in our kitchen with a hammer and started breaking moms stem ware. She got up and screamed and I fell and cut my head on the glass. I picked up a coke bottle and struck my father with it while he was sleeping and received the nick name Slugger. At four I stuck a Bobbie- pin in an electrical plug and was knocked across the room. When I was eight I got my arm caught in the wringer of the washing machine and beat apart an electric motor my dad was going to make a grinder out of. Later My Sister was badly burned when she backed into our unscreened fire place and caught her dress on fire. My brother took a peeler to the woodwork and they all colored on the walls with color crayon. And on and on it went till my youngest brother was hit by a car running into the street. It is a wonder none of us were killed. Liberalism did kill two of my brothers but that’s another story. The long and short of it is I know what it is I am talking about when it comes to raising kids.
It takes time and dedication to discipline. That doesn’t mean beating them either, but a slap on the hand or the diaper does wonders. When you couple it with a hug and explanation, of why they don’t touch the hot stove; it is the ounce of prevention that is worth the pound of cure. Your Bad DNA can be compensated for if you realize your faults and overcome adapt and have courage. You really are smarter than a two year old.
S. Henry Knocker