It seems that some mommy bloggers are creating bad names for the rest of us by their sheer rudeness. Busy Mom tweeted that "2009 is the year that shame died". You can read the rest of the post by Mom-101 here. Believe me it makes for such a good read that I clicked on link after link reading the stories. One sponsor was threatened with negative posts if he didn't give her free shoes... read here. A baby got elbowed in the head from some woman trying to jump in and grab free product. Rude mommy bloggers who'd interrupt conversations to press their own cards and product on them and it goes on and on.
I am absolutely flabbergasted that people would act like this. When did we develop such a sense of entitlement? If someone wants to send me something.. wow that's awesome. Just because they don't doesn't mean they deserve to be slammed.
My biggest fear for my kids is that they will be lazy and they too will think that the world should be handed to them on a platter. Because we see it time and time again. Minimum wage here is $8.00 an hour. This is not a wage to support your family on unless you are working two jobs but it's a decent wage for school kids. Yet these school kids constantly complain about how much they have to work for that $8.00 an hour. Excuse me, mopping the floor and dusting in a video store is a breeze job in comparison to what their friends are going through at McDonald's.
My own cousin would sit her ass on the stool behind the counter and complain about how boring the job was. Excuse me? It's a video store. We have 6000 videos, watch a movie, clean, organize. Whatever. I'm pretty easy going. As long as the basic chores are done and customers taken care off, entertain yourself. Don't complain. You are getting paid to be there.
I remember my own nephew at age 10. He really wanted a hamster but needed to earn some money. My brother suggested that maybe he could do some chore for me. I said sure, I had this tall grass patch in my garden that needed to be pulled. I get both him and his sister over there in the garden pulling this grass out which is really easy to pull because the soil was so loose. I was even in there helping. Only they complained the entire time. He wanted to spend like 5 minutes doing it and get 10 bucks. Are you kidding me? I was totally disappointed but I didn't want to be the hard case aunty.
My nephew is now 15 and working this summer with his dad for the first time who is in construction and my brother's biggest thing is that he wants his son not to stand around doing nothing. When he's done what he's been asked to do that he checks what else he can be doing. I hope it's going better.
My cousins kids. One is a hard worker, one isn't. So how am I going to teach all three of my kids good work ethics? Because it can't just be by example. Those above examples, their parents are all hard working diligent people.
I'd really like to know if any of you with older kids have any good suggestions or reading material suggestions because I am at a complete blank on how to teach my kids this.
Obviously I went off on a tangent. What I wanted to get to was this... Blog with Integrity was launched last week. I believe it provides us all with a reminder of how we should be acting and what we are all here for.
I have added the button to my sidebar. Check it out of you'd like because I think we should all be blogging with integrity.
Unfortunately, those of us who sign the pledge are most likely the ones already treating one another with dignity and respect. The ones that really need to read it and sign it... they are oblivious to their behaviour.
I'd like to tell those women to grow up and remember your manners!