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First bell of the day rings and David strolls into his fourth grade classroom Today he is not in one of his better moods but rather one of his Ill do what I want when I want moods He sits at his desk and knocks on it with his pencil while he talks to his neighbors and rustles through his bag Ms Davis gives him warning after warning that he needs to pay attention and to stop bothering the class On the third warning David decides he has had enough with his teachers bothering him goes to the back of the classroom and climbs under the table After repeated verbal attempts to get David out from under the desk Ms Davis tells him to go to the office David finally pushes the table gets up and storms out of class while yelling profanities at Ms Davis David and many children of today lack the respect that was instilled in children when I was growing up Examples like this and others like them reveal that many of todays kids do not grasp the bottom-line fact that adults and children are not on the same plane and that adults must regularly make non-negotiable decisions that kids have to live with One reason kids have trouble with this concept is that parents today feel a burning need to be liked by their children Relationships with our own parents have been defined by a certain formality or distance and we hope to forge a stronger warmer connection with our kids Moreover because many of us do not get to spend as much time with our children as we would like and we often feel guilty about it we try to compensate by being friends with them Unfortunately being a friend rather than an in-charge parent not only undermines a childs sense of security it also leaves him unprepared for a world that will not endlessly negotiate every detail with
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