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Stupidity is billable... if you're going to be an idiot, it's going to cost you in the end.


Life suggestion for parents

Posted by Bill on September 11, 2010 at 1:00 AM

Hey parents! There seems to be a rather large lack of "proper parenting" going on in the world and I thought I'd comment on it with a suggestion.

Don't train your kids to be stupid!

I'm sure you've all seen it. A parent that is not correcting a child for something that is a really horrible idea. Things like giving in to their every whim, supplying their unpleasant habits, or just generally not ensuring that children know "right from wrong".

For instance: I just read an article about a restaurant that has a sign that indicates that parents with unruly children will be asked to leave the restaurant. Think about this. If my parents had ever taken me to a restaurant and I misbehaved then I would have been removed LONG before any other patron would have had a chance to comment or even complain. What's with people being so lazy that they can't be bothered to ensure that other people on the planet are not being adversly affected by their children. Sheesh!

Just remember when raising your children that they will mimic your behaviour and not learn anything that they don't see or at least have explained to them (repeatedly). I once mentioned to a friend that he shouldn't start doing anything that he didn't want to do for the next 20 years when his first child was born. If you give them everything they want, they will learn that Mom & Dad will supply them with everything that is needed in life.

  • They won't learn that it takes hard work to get those things.
  • They won't learn that you can't believe everything that everyone says.
  • They won't learn that there comes a time when you should "cut bait and run" meaning some "friends" aren't really friends they're just mooching everything they can out of you.
  • and (unfortunately) they will be at a complete loss when one or both of their parent pass away.

Now is that someone you'd be proud to "let loose on the world"?

Just think about it. If you train your kids to be stupid, you can't be surprised when they are actually stupid and "don't get it". Remember my motto: Stupidity is billable, if you're going to be an idiot, it's going to cost you in the end. This isn't just a simple platitude, it's an important life lesson. If you don't ensure your children understand the basics of life (e.g. You can't get much for nothing; You should treat others like you wish they would treat you), you will undoubtedly be unhappy with them as adults.

That's it for this rant. Stay tuned for futher questionable thoughts, and remember Stupidity IS billable.


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Reply Isaac
5:54 PM on September 11, 2010 
Stupidity is indeed billable, Billy - too bad less and less people are being responsible enough to pay their stupidity bill. All and all I can see that, as time goes by, people are trying to get "smarter" by avoiding the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, this attitude propagates to their kids. Accountability becomes a swear word.

I can see that you're trying to teach parents to train their kids to not be stupid; however, I'm inclined to believe that the true underlying problem is that most parents don't really understand what "stupid" means and what is the importance in growing their kids to be responsible and accountable.
Reply Darleen
10:47 PM on October 28, 2010 
Hi there
1 question and it is not stupid, just ignorant.
Bill do you have any children? If so how old are they?
You know my husband Ken, and between us we have 5 adult (by age) girls - and might suggest that 1 in 5 is sane, at any given time, but no more than 1 at the same time.

Pondering your writings.
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