This isn't anything new and I've actually blogged about this before, but sitcom kids have got it made. I'm watching (not by choice) some Disney movie called "Girl vs. Monster" and this girl is talking to her parents like she's "running things." She's calling her mom "ridiculous" and telling her parents that they're "ruining her life."
I think this type of action has been rubbing off on kids for a decade or two now. Kids absolutely do not respect adults like they should, especially their parents. I've seen parents literally go without so that their kids can enjoy themselves, yet it's never enough for the children.
Now, it's unfair of me to completely blame Disney or Teen Nick because they're just trying to make a buck. They have no interest in raising your kids and I get that. Sure, they may act like they care or they may market themselves towards kids, but they just want to be a successful business. I blame parents for allowing them to watch these channels ad nauseam.
I find it hard to watch some of the shows on these channels because I grew up actually respecting my parents. Imagine that. It doesn't mean that at some point of my teen life I didn't rebel. However, it was few and far between and still tactful when it occurred. I never referred to my parents as "ridiculous" or said that they "were ruining my life" because I knew the sacrifices they made for me and my brother. I also knew the consequences for showing disrespect. Not just to them, but to any adult. Consequences are a thing of the past now.
I knew that my father would rather be hunting instead of watching me at soccer practice. I knew that my mom would have rather been fishing instead of working overtime to insure my brother and I got what we wanted for Christmas. Because of this perspective, I never lost sight on who was in charge and I never ever intentionally disrespected either of them.
I'm so thankful to have wonderful god kids and I'm also glad that my lady has very respectful children. It's very refreshing to be in their presence and feel the level of respect that they have for me. To not have to go back and forth with them to get them to respond to the task at hand.
If you want to teach your kid to be worth something in society, then truly monitor what they watch. If they watch something that isn't conducive for a young mind, then explain to them that Hollywood is make-believe. You may assume that they know this already, but trust me, many don't.
Do you think that today's kids are disrespectful because of unmonitored TV viewing?