Charlie Sheen’s twins are only 4-year-olds, and they are out of control. Then there’s the overweight 16-year-old who beat his mom to death with a frying pan and attacked his father a few hours later.
“What more do you want?” they asked.
The elders in my circle of keep-the-kids-in-line weren’t just relatives – they were neighbors, brothers and sisters of the church, the storekeeper, dentist, postman, iceman, garbage man and anyone else I came into contact with.
“Back-in-the-day” as my childhood time is frequently referred to, punishments were seen in my household as exactly what the kids deserved for the misdeed committed.
And just like there was a behavior standard for the children, there was also one for the parents. There were people who had expectations, high expectations, for them, especially when it came to how they raised their children.
Charlie Sheen’s youngsters are out of control because that’s the way they’ve been raised. My grandmother used to say that people had dogs who obeyed, so she knew her grandkids could be expected to do the same.