Guns, laptops and disfunctional families

 I must say, I’m pretty horrified at what this father did BUT, I can relate to his underlying frustration. His child is mouthy (what child at that age ISN’T?) Disrespectful (again, age thing) Spoiled and disgraceful but whose fault is this? HER PARENTS!

My kids are spoiled and I’m the first to admit it. They still show me and their father respect. Why? Because we respect them AND allow them, even encourage them, to speak their minds. We may not agree with them and their words might even anger us but we are adult enough to sit down with them and talk. This is obviously NOT happening in that family. Sad to say but, most parents nowdays are too busy buying those brats crap to make them more spoiled. They are working so hard to make up for the stuff they didn’t have that they are RUINING the kids and can’t see it. My kids do chores and bitch about it to me, not their Facebook friends. They are sure enough of my reactions that they know they can say anything to me without fear of reprisals.

I homeschool my kids because {in part} of this type of thinking. Bullies picking on younger or less advantaged children, kids shooting eachother over petty shit, drugs and above all, the shitty teaching. Kids nowdays aren’t safe ANYWHERE but they are SAFER here at home than anywhere else.

My kids don’t have cell phones, laptops, brand name sneakers or even pants that fit for longer than a week. My husband and I are disabled, on a fixed income so we can’t afford things like that. Yes, there are four computers in our home. They are all out of date and falling to pieces. I have a laptop that someone gave me for Xmas. It’s missing the L key but it’s great for me when I have to be in the hospital. I have just recently splurged on a new pack of panties for myself, the first in ten years. The old ones were, literally, falling off me after a 100 lb weight loss. Our clothes come from either thrift stores or Free-cycle, Craigslist or generous friends/neighbors. Spoiled they are, because they have two parents, devoted to nothing but THEIR welfare and happiness. Why that father thought that shooting his child’s laptop would do anything but strike terror in her heart, I don’t know. I just wish I could have custody of her to show how a REAL family is supposed to be. Ruled by love and understanding rather than fear and tyranny.

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