I never thought I would end up sounding like my own parents, but alas the inevitable has happened. Case in point: My youngest son has recently gotten his drivers license, but we have not yet been able to help him purchase his first automobile. So, in the mornings I accompany him to school while he drives; I do this so he can keep in practice for when he gets his own transportation. Well this morning we arrived at the high school as usual, and parked in an appropriate parking place where my son got out and started his day. I got behind the wheel and started to back out into traffic, only I couldnÂ’t because standing directly behind me in the middle of the street was a girl waiting on her obviously very slow moving friend to join her there so that they could cross the street together.
Now, I understand that as motorists one is to give pedestrians the right of way the law rightfully affords them. However, there are, if I remember correctly, one or two laws that I believe we as parents should make our teenagers aware of, such as; crossing the street only in a crosswalk or at the corners. The problem as I see it is proper education and self respect. Many teens are not taught that it might not be polite to inconvenience another person. Now, mind you this was only a minor inconvenience, however, I believe many kids have no self respect which is why it would appear that they have no respect for anyone else. Instead, it would seem that what might well be mistaken for self respect is really a misplaced sense of entitlement; an attitude that screams Â“IÂ’m entitled to do what I want, where, when and to whom I wantÂ” regardless of how much it my affect the lives of anyone else around them.
Kids; have enough self respect to display a little consideration for others.
That is all.