One of the things I've been noticing over the last few years is that when out in public at Wal Mart, a restaurant, or whatever, most kids seem to be out of control. My parents sometimes remark to my sister and me saying "Oh, if you had done such-and-such when you were that young, we wouldn't take you out" or "we would have punished you on the spot." I'm not talking about simple kid stuff such as constant whining or being full of energy, but things like talking back, running off, and throwing tantrums while parents just ignore it.
At work I see this ALL the time. I've even had some parents tell me that they just give up saying it won't help one bit when the child in question is only 6 or 7 years old! My parents have told me that when they were young, their parents kept them in line by using the belt. My parents rarely used corporal punishment on my sister and me, but we did get grounded and had certain toys and video games taken away when it was called for.
From stories I hear from my friends who are new parents, they don't even do that. Even my girlfriend says the same thing about her younger brother who has no respect for anyone, sneaks out of the house, and smokes weed in the house. What I want to ask is why parents today are so soft? What is it that makes them so lazy and not actually parent and raise their kids?
What do you all think and what are your experiences with this?