Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to Monday’s long awaited (maybe?) rant.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not trying to say I’m the best parent (I’m not even a parent, I’m not even 16) or that I would ever be. I am just expressing my rage. And people like it when I’m mad and express my…. anger (??)
First of I wanted to address the “Naked 12 Year Old Girl Urinating Under The Shower On The Beach” issue. Actually, I’m going to address all the issues. I don’t have a plan yet (typical). However the :Naked 12 Year Old Girl Urinating Under The Shower On The Beach” certainly inspired me to do this post. So here it goes:
My mom, cousin, brother and I were walking from the beach to the little town of Georgioupoulis. My 4 (almost five) year old cousin decided to jump in every single puddle left by the cars and naturally he got mud all over the back of his legs. We saw a shower stationed at the corner of the never ending beach and told him we’ll go there so that he can wash his legs. And what did my eyes unintentionally see? A completely naked 12 year old gril (my guess) urinating under the shower my cousin was going to wash his legs in. On the beach, full of people. And her mother was standing next to her, practically helping her urinate. What The Hell? She has boobs, breasts, bosoms or whatever you want to call them. It was disgusting. And she wasn’t even doing anything to cover her cat up. It took me and my brother literally 2 seconds to see what she was doing and we turned away. Then we proceeded by laugh coughing. My cousin ended up not washing his legs because the pee was escaping and going everywhere. It was gross. And as if it wasn’t bad enough the 12 year old just went back to her sunbed, the urine slightly dripping. There were at least 150 people on that beach.
What sensible mother would let her child do something like that? Her 12 year old child!!!!! After events like these how can mothers expect their children to stay off the pole????? Or even worse, say that her mother wasn’t there. And there was a pedophile circulating the beach. And he saw a completely naked 12 year old female urinating under the shower. What would he do? Hmmm.. WHAT WOULD HE DO? Or even better, WHAT WOULD HER MOTHER DO?? These things just infuriate me.
Anyway, the whole event got me thinking about the way people raise their kids. It also made me look at parents and their children a lot more and their parenting techniques. Not to mock them, but to compare them to my parents’ techniques. And obviously since I spend the majority time at the beach I started thinking about how parents teach their kids how to swim. Especially how my cousin’s parents teach him how to swim. They always take so much time with him, not that he swims anyway. They just hold him in his arms and baby him. I know he can swim. I saw him swim. It’s the same with everything else they teach him.
Example 1: skiing. He’s 4 and a half and doesn’t know how to ski because everyone always makes a big fuss about him. I learned how to ski at age 3 and a half, and I was pretty darn good too.
But the thing that really pisses me off is the way he is taught to swim. I know it’s not my job to teach and parent him but if it was I would do it completely different. It’s ridiculous. When I was 3, my dad told me how to swim. He was in the pool with me and he just let go. He called it the Sink Or Swim Method. Did I scream and yell and cry? Yes. Did I drown? Nope, never. Do I thank my Dad for that now? Yes, yes I do. Did the Sink or Swim Method make me into a great swimmer? I have my moments.
Example 2: I learned to read at age 4, close to 5. He can barely read separate letters. I didn’t go to preschool and look where I am right now. He goes to preschool.
Anyway, I am totally exhausted from typing with so much power and anger. So I’m gonna go hit the beach.
Spread The Word Spread The Love- XX J.M