Ok, how many of us know people who want other people to fix the world for them?
For example, Dana writes about advice given to a woman who wants to know if she should report a neighboring family who doesn’t use structure in their home, and whose children “can’t read”.
Dana writes such a good response, there’s not much for me to say.
But I do want to say this: Why is it someone else’s problem (i.e. CPS) if things are happening around us that we don’t like? If someone is being a jerk, we want to sue them and have the courts punish him. If we don’t like a law, we think our legislators should do something about it. If our neighbor is being a “bad” parent, we want someone to come fix them for us.
What the hell? What ever happened to community social pressure? Are we so detached from our neighbors now that we can’t even stand up for our own beliefs and pressure our neighbors ourselves into being more like us? Instead, we get “big brother” to come and pressure them for us. Being a nosy neighbor who tries to tell everyone how to live their lives isn’t enough anymore. Now we call in people with “power” to back us up and force people to do what we think they should be doing.
Bah. Unless I see someone actually abusing a child with physical force, or leaving them in the car or something, they are gonna hear it from ME. Can you imagine? “Ya, officer, I called you here to ask you to tell my neighbor to start giving him more spelling tests.” If I want my neighbor to give her son more spelling tests, I’m gonna stick MY nose in there thank you very much. That’s my neighborly duty.
Man. Whatever happened to old-time values and social structure?