I don't care how old your are, if you have no kids you are a still a child.
I started reading this thread because this topic is something I find rather though provoking. Good points made my many. Then I saw this.
The irony of this statement can't be lost on you can it? Your public tantrum seems to frame you as the most childish person here. I know you said you you were in a bad mood or some such, but really none of the adults I know vent their rage to strangers in such a caustic manner.
Heres a life tip from one adult to another. Losing control in public will discredit you. Ever wonder why Presidents never loose there cool when addressing people during times of crisis? You may have had good points but you unfocused display of rage has overshadowed those.
This is interesting. I have editied that particular sentence but I did not change it's content. For one thing, we are all very much children. Maturity is a subjective term used by people to determine how well others conform to their ideals. What I mean by "child", in this case, is that you are responsible for yourself and no one else.
On the other hand, becoming responsible for a child changes you. On a very deep level you are never the person you were before. You have a purpose, a responsibility, to protect and nurture another living being.
You can conceptualize this all you want. It's not what you think it is. Listening to kids who think they know what they are talking about debate good parenting, point the finger of blame at people and situations they have very little information about, and pretend as if they would be the world's first perfect parent is infuriating
. They see a headline and think they know the whole situation. I call BS.
I state this case constantly and find that parents understand where I'm coming from. Some of the people with no children are somewhat offended that I would casual dismiss their opinions. Consider this, your opinion on parenting does not amount to a hill of beans, and here's why.
Have you ever told a parent personally what you thought they were doing wrong? No. Would they listen? **** no. Are you ever going to, in any way, affect the parenting of kids other than your own? My magic 8-ball says Very Unlikely.
So please, save your thoughts for the time you are actually a parent. You will find that your views have changed at that time, I assure you.
In fact, you may just find that, at least in terms of responsibility, after you have kids of your own you consider anyone without kids to still be a child. Edited, Apr 27th 2011 11:41am by SmashingtonWho