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Parents must teach their children respect

When has having any respect for not only your elders, but humans in general gone by the wayside?

I was at the McDonald’s on Northern Boulevard with my three children. As I proceeded through the doorway to the children’s play area with my daughter and tray of food in hand, a young teenager shoved past me. I told him to watch out and I was called a derogatory name — in front of my children.

His family was there and proceeded to stand up for him. What a way to teach a child how to treat his fellow man. This behavior of selfishness goes on in our youngest nowadays, all with the blessings of their parents. I cannot stand to take my children to certain parks because some parents believe their little prince or princess is the only meaningful person there. And if their child is to shove mine out of the way, then so be it.

Parents: We were not raised in the way the little self−absorbed monsters are being raised. Yes, we all want them to have a better life than us, but creating self−serving, self−absorbed brats will be to the detriment of the entire neigborhood. Think about this the next time your child does wrong and you are quick to defend or dismiss their behavior. We will all pay for how they were raised.

Amy Lynch

Bayside

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