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Do People Change Their Views And Values When They Have Children?


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#1 purplecatz

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 11:43 PM

:flowers: I was the WILD Child of my family......the one who ALWAYS got into things and trouble. I did not become a parent until I was 30.......and on the day after my son was born........the wild child went up in a puff of smoke. The overwhelming realization that I now had the responsibility for another's life in MY hands caused me to completely rethink any and all things that I had ever done or professed to support or believe in. In the late 1970s I attended a Smoke In in Washington D.C for the legalization of Marijuana. In the mid 1990s I had completely done a turn around NEVER EVER wanting my son to see Pot much less smoke the stuff! Does this happen with all, nearly all, or only a small part of us? I find myself preaching the same morals and values that my parents preached to me 30 years ago. Are we all - or at least most of us-destined to become our parents in respect to having and raising children?
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:58 AM

I think everybody I know feels the same way, I too, was the wild one. My kids came out OK, now I worry about the grandkids. Especially with the way you are supposed to raise them. No dicipline because they say it's abuse.. But if you don't dicipline them they run wild, worse than I did.
So if you worry now, wait till the kids have kids.... :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 06:14 PM

I burst into delighted laughter reading the 'egad, we've turned into our parent's' state of wonder - as yes, most of us do have the same reaction the moment we hold our first child. Stunningly frightening - and oh so wonderful - all at the same time!

We have our own worries, then have a child and then have both own worries and worries about our children - they have children and suddenly we have a triple set of worries. Sounds daunting but the trade-off is incredible :thumbsup:

The one huge benefit of having been a 'wild' one as a kid? Our kids can pull very little 'wool over our eyes' as we've been there and already done it - huge laugh!
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:15 AM

I burst into delighted laughter reading the 'egad, we've turned into our parent's' state of wonder - as yes, most of us do have the same reaction the moment we hold our first child. Stunningly frightening - and oh so wonderful - all at the same time!

We have our own worries, then have a child and then have both own worries and worries about our children - they have children and suddenly we have a triple set of worries. Sounds daunting but the trade-off is incredible :thumbsup:

The one huge benefit of having been a 'wild' one as a kid? Our kids can pull very little 'wool over our eyes' as we've been there and already done it - huge laugh!


DITTO......My children do rarely get away with anything..... If they think they have, generally it is only a matter of time before something slips or I get "a feeling". My observation of some of todays Younger parents (the under 25 set) is that many continue the way they were Before the baby came along.... I see NO change in their direction at all. I wonder if that is a better way to raise kids (certainly seems less stressful) or if Changing signifies something important that parents SHOULD have to go through?? Hard to tell at this point as the kids are still too young to see the development and growth.
Case in point-tho I do hate to use a celebrity to illustrate-Britney Spears....... does not appear that her life changed in how she lived when her children came along. Her life mirrors so much of what I see in todays young parents.......
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:22 AM

I think everybody I know feels the same way, I too, was the wild one. My kids came out OK, now I worry about the grandkids. Especially with the way you are supposed to raise them. No dicipline because they say it's abuse.. But if you don't dicipline them they run wild, worse than I did.
So if you worry now, wait till the kids have kids.... :thumbsup:


YEP......Discipline certainly seems lacking in today's kids. I see WHO is running the house often......and it is NOT the parents. I have seen children between 4 and 10 do things to their parents that I was horrified at!! Hitting, kicking, etc. And the Parent involved? Talking quietly.....pleading......begging......promising........... Did the kids behavior change???? NOT A BIT! ALL OF THIS TOOK PLACE IN PUBLIC OR SEMI-PUBLIC PLACES!!!!! My thoughts in each case was OMG-if he/she is that bad NOW at 5/8/10....WHAT are you going to be dealing with at 13/14/17??? A kid with a gun? A kid who murders a parent in their sleep? I think that I would rather risk a charge of abuse than to allow the child to take or be in control...........
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

Im only 14 but I don't ever see myself being a parent. Reason being is because Im a really difficult kid and I speak to my mother like crap, and the kid/s would probably being like me and you know what Id do to them if they treated me like that? Beat them sensless. well maybe not beat them.. But I wouldn't take it. especially since the next generation are probably going to be alot worse than this one.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 04:17 PM

Re: "...and I speak to my mother like crap".

Simply because you 'can'?
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 05:14 PM

Re: "...and I speak to my mother like crap".

Simply because you 'can'?

Not exactly.
Its sort of a habbit I fell into. And Im not proud of it either

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 05:36 PM

Perhaps the secret to surviving the teenage years with one's parents is simply to believe - truly believe - that they are not a bit different than you are in so, so many respects. Honestly! Huge gentle smile. They are people, not just 'parents' :thumbsup:

Wanna surprise your Mom and make her heart sing? Perhaps simply wake up tomorrow morning and think of her as a woman rather than your Mom - and speak to her as you wish to be spoken to?

For you are sensitive and caring to realize there is a problem - wishing you the very best!
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 06:17 PM

Aww thank you MaraM :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:43 PM

Re: "...and I speak to my mother like crap".

Simply because you 'can'?

Not exactly.
Its sort of a habbit I fell into. And Im not proud of it either




I was a quiet child, I hit 14 & became the DEVILS DAUGHTER! :thumbsup: :flowers: :cool:
I was VILE to my Mom (mostly) and my Dad but not so much?
When I look back to that time now I find it really painful to think how much I hurt her with every nasty word or action. Of course you don't
think of it at the time or care - most kids don't, I'm sure you have your moments! ;)
But now my parents are entering their last "stage" of life, the time you suddenly realise there's really not a lot of time left!
I'm 37 with a 3yr old daughter & I have such huge regrets on how I treated my Mom back then & even though yrs after we all got over it,
I will have to live with the memories for a long time to come!

Teenage...Just chill out a bit & try being friends with your Mom cuz that's all she'll be wanting. You don't need to start hanging out with her
(unless you want to) but I agree with Maram, just to speak to her as a human being is a good bridge to start building. You'll probably find
you actually really like her & could have a good laugh.
Only now do I understand just how much love Mom's have for their children, NEVER underestimate this, it's so immense that nothing else comes close.
Make good memories for later...not regrets!


I also hear my Mom when I'm disciplining my daughter & I'm glad! I know now, how good a job my Mom was "trying" to do with me & I will be attempting the exact same!
Just hope my little one don't give me the same grief when she hits teens - TOO scarey! :trumpet:

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 01:35 AM

Re: "...and I speak to my mother like crap".

Simply because you 'can'?

Not exactly.
Its sort of a habbit I fell into. And Im not proud of it either




I was a quiet child, I hit 14 & became the DEVILS DAUGHTER! :thumbsup: :trumpet: :)
I was VILE to my Mom (mostly) and my Dad but not so much?
When I look back to that time now I find it really painful to think how much I hurt her with every nasty word or action. Of course you don't
think of it at the time or care - most kids don't, I'm sure you have your moments! ;)
But now my parents are entering their last "stage" of life, the time you suddenly realise there's really not a lot of time left!
I'm 37 with a 3yr old daughter & I have such huge regrets on how I treated my Mom back then & even though yrs after we all got over it,
I will have to live with the memories for a long time to come!

Teenage...Just chill out a bit & try being friends with your Mom cuz that's all she'll be wanting. You don't need to start hanging out with her
(unless you want to) but I agree with Maram, just to speak to her as a human being is a good bridge to start building. You'll probably find
you actually really like her & could have a good laugh.
Only now do I understand just how much love Mom's have for their children, NEVER underestimate this, it's so immense that nothing else comes close.
Make good memories for later...not regrets!


I also hear my Mom when I'm disciplining my daughter & I'm glad! I know now, how good a job my Mom was "trying" to do with me & I will be attempting the exact same!
Just hope my little one don't give me the same grief when she hits teens - TOO scarey! :inlove:

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Thank you 3mily Its nice to see some nice people on a forum who don't go telling you how much a horrible person you are :flowers:

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 09:56 AM

Thank you 3mily Its nice to see some nice people on a forum who don't go telling you how much a horrible person you are :thumbsup:



I agree - most excellent post 3mily.

Very good response to 3mily's response, TZ.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 03:24 PM

Whoever came up with that silly saying about "school age being the best years of your life" - egad and a huge boo and hiss to them. For being a teenager takes masses of courage in itself. Not only is there the struggle to 'flap our wings' and fly free, there's fears and challenges and lots of them!

We, as adults, have (at least in theory) the freedom to make all our own decisions - but in reality, most of us aren't that much different than teenagers in many ways. Still the fears and doubts, ust more experienced and usually a bit taller and with wrinkles looming on the horizon.

And the physical and emotional responsiblity when having a child is truly mind-boggling - eep! For, in the midst of all the love and excitement, there is a really old saying that applies - something like, "Having a child takes courage as forever more your heart lives outside your own body".

There is no such thing as a 'perfect' child - anymore than there is a perfect parent - and if there were one, he or she would be scary indeed! Huge gentle smile.
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 08:12 PM

*continues to hide brain from zombie*

Relax I dont eat brains ;) :thumbsup:

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