We look at the youth today and we shake our heads in disbelief over the many teenagers that are lacking etiquette in
so many different areas. This includes hygiene, education, social life, and working. If there is one thing we appreciate
about the older generations, it was their will to provide for their families without a second thought. The older
generation had a lot of respect for other people around them whether they liked the person or not. Today is a different
day, and the younger generation have grown angry. Do you think somehow we failed them?
Failed them because we want them to have the things that we didn’t, or failed them because we are lenient and don’t
punish them for their behavior? Or maybe we do too much punishing, and not enough coaching and guidance.
Etiquette is important because it sets the mold to groom the child into the future adult they may one day be.
The term “one day” is to get you to understand the seriousness of grooming our children before they get to be
teenagers,and adults with problems the “later” generations have never seen before. “I prefer to call them mental melt-
downs”. My stepfather “Charles Spencer” told me over 8 years ago that “I” needed etiquette training; I remember
looking at him and saying,”Why” and he said to me, “Simply because you have no (please insert smile, :) here) home
training.” I remember sort of looking up into the ceiling with a weird smile thinking “What did he just say to me?” My
stepfather didn’t mean anything harmful by the gesture, he knew I was all to eager to understand what he meant. I’m
sharing this to say when we say we can’t change the world, it is an understatement because if we change our
children’s lives by focusing on their needs well hey that’s half of the world’s population already. It’s a long road, but we
can do it. We have to re shape our lives and our children’s benefit options for living a healthy positive life.
These are some links to help you get started if you feel that your teenager or young child may benefit from an act of
kindness and hunbleness. The investment is worth it for your children to see that what you are teaching them is true
and sometimes they can only see this by sight of others doing the same things you struggle to implement at home.
So this article is not saying we aren’t doing the best we can do to teach our children, it’s to suggest that children like to
“follow the leader” if you will. I hope that some one can benefit from watching their children move towards positive
directions in their lives and know that asking for hellp is not defeat, in fact it’s very far from it. You’d be surprised the number
of parents that want and have a need to do more for their children in terms of development.
Keep in mind we only know what we were taught and learned from experience. But our kids have options that we can give
them. They have lives that are being corrupted through the trends that they follow and see. We support these trends without
action or cause. Personally, it seems as if our teens are lost and distant. Half of their peers they are witnessing not make it
past jail, or death for some tragic reason after another. So when you read this article I hope that this information is
enlightening and encouraging. It takes a lot for a parent to admit that they need help raising their children; I commend you.