My son came home from school one day,
A smirk was on his face.
He'd decided he was smart enough
To put me in my place.
Guess what I learned in Civics Two,
That's taught by Mr. Wright?
It's all about the laws today:
THE CHILDREN'S BILL OF RIGHTS.
I don't have to clean my room,
Don't have to cut my hair.
No one can tell me what to think,
How to speak, or what to wear.
I have freedom FROM religion,
And regardless what you say,
I don't have to bow my head,
And I sure DON'T HAVE TO PRAY.
I can wear earrings if I want,
And pierce my tongue & nose.
I can read & watch just what I like,
Be tattooed from head to toes.
AND if you ever spank me,
I'll charge you with the crime,
I'll back up all my charges,
With the marks on my behind.
Don't you ever touch me,
This body's for MY use,
Not for your hugs and kisses,
That's just more child abuse.
Don't preach about your morals,
Like your mama did to you.
That's nothing but your mind control,
And it's illegal too!
Mom, I have these children's rights,
So you can't influence me,
Or I'll call Children's Services,
Better known as C.S.D.
Well, of course, my natural instinct
Was to toss him out the door.
But the chance to teach a lesson,
Made me think a little more.
I mulled it over carefully,
I couldn't let this go.
A little smile crept to my face...
He was messing with a pro!
AND AWAY WE GO!
Next day I took him shopping,
At the local Good Will store,
I told him, "pick out all you want!
There are shirts & pants galore."
I've called and checked with C.S.D.,
They said they didn't care,
If I bought you K-Mart shoes,
Instead of Nike Airs.
I've canceled that appointment
To take your driver's test.
The C.S.D. is unconcerned,
So I'll decide what's best.
No time to stop and eat,
Or pick up stuff to munch,
And tomorrow you can start to learn
To make your own sack lunch.
Just save that raging appetite,
And wait 'til dinner time.
We're having liver and onions.
It's a favorite dish of mine.
Can we stop to rent a movie,
So I can watch the VCR?
Sorry, I said, I sold your TV,
For new tires on my car.
I also rented out your room,
You can take the couch instead.
The C.S.D. requires just a roof above your head.
Your clothing won't be trendy now,
I'll choose the food we eat,
That allowance that you used to get
Will buy me something neat.
I'm selling off your jet ski,
Dirt-bike & roller blades.
Check out the PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS,
It's in effect today!
Hey, Hot Shot, are you crying?
Why are you on your knees?
Are you asking God to help you?
....GO CALL THE C.S.D
Jun 15, '03
Alright Gwenith,sometimes they take it for granted, how well they have it.Think I would of had alittle Talk with the teacher or Principal about what gives them the right to teach Kids that.They can inform them about their right to be free of Child Abuse.But I see nothing right about the other stuff.
Jun 15, '03
Jun 15, '03
That is very good . . .but sadly too true. My daughter (almost 14) came home last Fall after starting public school for the first time to tell me that in her Health Class, she was told that if I punish my kids by spanking them because CPS would come and rescue them. Well, I've spanked her ONCE when she was about 5 for running out in the street (she was so much easier than the boys). I had a long talk with her along the lines of the "Parent's Rights" part of your post.
Thomas Sowell had a some good columns recently on the ineffectiveness of CPS. They come and take your kids if you have the gall to homeschool them or spank them but they give kids back to drug addicted parents who end up murdering them. Told one heartbreaking story of a child who was doing well in a loving foster home and the courts decided to reunite the "family" by giving the child back to the mom. In a few days the child was dead.
sigh . . .
Jun 15, '03
I gotta admit Gwen, that was a good one!
Jun 15, '03
I really like that!! Kind of reminds me of something I witnessed last summer in the check-out line at Wal Mart.(yes, I'm a Wal Mart woman!) There was a mother there with her child, who was probably around 3 yo. The child was throwing a fit because of something the mother wouldn't buy for her. The mother leaned down and swatted her on the butt. In no way was it abuse. This other lady says to the mother, "If I knew your name, I would call DCFS and report you for abuse!" So the mother takes a pen and scrap of paper from her purse and writes the name down for her!! The other lady was speechless....I absolutley LOVED it!!
Jun 15, '03
I can't claim to have written teh poem - I just found it among some old E-mails and thought you would enjoy it. It is so true about the CPS in ANY country - we seem to have got abuse and discipline mixed up somehow. Although I would not advocate it now my own mother went through about 5 plastic fly swats on us kids. To be fair she always used the three warning system so we KNEW when it was coming. She was GOOD - we only got the very end of the swat - didn't leave a mark but BOY! did it sting.
WE kids thought nothing of it as it was "normal" punishment in those days and lots of kids we went ot school with got lots worse. I can remember the boys especially almost bragging about what punishement they got - "Flyswat! That's nothing MY Dad uses his belt" - "Belt! that's nothing MY Dad uses a truck!"
To be honest the worst "punishment" I can remember recieving was when my brother and I went and played in an old tub of stagnant water we had been warned to stay away from. Mum made us have a dettol (antiseptic) bath. If my mother had ever known exactly how much we kids hated that Dettol bath she would have had the best weapon ever!!!
I do not advocate child abuse in any way shape or form nor do I advocate we return to culture of my childhoood where abuse WAS rife, but I do believe that we have to redefine discipline and separate it from child abuse.
Jun 15, '03
A friend of my wife.Her Daughter called CPS because She spanked Her.The Cops come first.They told Her,Her Mom had a right to spank Her.Hasn't had a problem since.Kids here a few Stories about parents getting into trouble for spanking and fiqure its a good way to get back at Mom and Dad.The problem is they don't hear the rest of the story.Those parents probably carried it alittle to far.I always stop and think about what I'm doing before I spank My childern.That way I'm not doing it in anger.
Last edit by H ynnoD on Jun 15, '03
Jun 16, '03
I, for one, am not afraid to spank my children when they need it, and in turn, I have respectful children who say "Yes, Ma'am" or "No Ma'am" and are kind and polite. They sit still in church and don't run in stores...
No, I don't attribute it to them being afraid of me because I DO spank, but they know the limitations of what they can and cannot do, and if I am pushed to beyond that limit, they also know the consequences of such.
My 23 y/o dd (who is STILL a brat! lol) told me once (at age 10-12...somewhere in there) that she was going to call the police on me if I spanked her...I told her to go ahead and tell them to bring an ambulance too, cause I was gonna whip the tar outta her till they got there! She never did call.......
Jun 16, '03
I can't believe how messed up the line betwen punishment and discipline has become. My sister once threaten to wring social servoces about my mum, I can't remember what it was about, I was about 10 so she must have been 8, My mum dialed the number and passed her the phone, she never did get the courage to talk.
The same happened when my sister tried to run away, my mum packed a case for my sister... and it was me who ran down the street after her, ( I didn't know my dad was waiting at the bottom of the street).
The threat of a smack was always there, and sometimes, but rarely used, If someone tried to ring the Social services I think you can now sue the reporter for infringing upon your human rights.
Wonderful world we live in, isn't it.