(Thanks to Eugene for the compliment!)
In other news, Miss Conduct wrote about an interesting complaint she received regarding children playing on airport baggage carousels. Apparently parents are permitting their children to play on and/or around the carousels, which creates a dangerous situation for the children and passengers attempting to claim their bags. In one case, a child was hit on the head with baggage because she was too close to the carousel, and the mother blamed the passenger! I blame the parent for permissive (or neglectful, as she was talking on her cell phone six feet away) parenting.
We intend to be authoritative parents (brief overview), especially in regard to setting rules and sticking to them (although with open dialogue about what the rules mean), instead of being permissive, as these parents appear to be--allowing their children to run around as they please with few rules and little enforcement of those rules. Parents like this, in my experience, tend to side with their child, even though other, responsible, trustworthy adults (e.g., teachers) provide alternative experiences. I have a couple of teacher friends who have had the ridiculous experience of having to fight parents about the child's misbehavior because the parent trusts the child more than the teacher--often a misplaced trust with mischievous children.
One last item in today's news. I saw a short video that I think is just great. It's about how a psychologist's life changes after he hears he has six months to live. As noted by others, it's full of cliches, but still a good story.
Our Time is Up