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    I've just watched a five year old girl splash through a puddle while her three year old sister watched in fascination.

    Then the father said "EMMA! I NEED YOU TO BE A ROLE MODEL!".

    Where does this bollocks come from?
    I hope not. That would make me the Jimmy Savile of the record racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babycart View Post
    I've just watched a five year old girl splash through a puddle while her three year old sister watched in fascination.

    Then the father said "EMMA! I NEED YOU TO BE A ROLE MODEL!".

    Where does this bollocks come from?
    I believe it's some new fangled thing called 'Parenting'. Our parents were useless; they knew nothing about parenting because they hadn't read any books, or watched any TV programmes, or read any newspaper articles about it. As a result we were left floundering around as, what were then called, 'children' for many years. The young adults of today should consider themselves blessed that they don't have to spend hours playing outside every day, and are dressed in proper, grown up clothes the minute they are born.
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    isn't splashing through the puddle a perfect role model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul-K View Post
    isn't splashing through the puddle a perfect role model?
    That's what I thought. They're on holiday for christs sake.

    The role model stuff is just an updated version of "setting a good example", i suppose, and i got plenty of that at school and much less as an eldest brother at home.

    It's the "I need you to" that really puts my teeth on edge. I suspect it comes from assertiveness training and is definitely all over the USA - "Sir, I need you to put the gun down."

    I need them to shut up.
    I hope not. That would make me the Jimmy Savile of the record racks.

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    I stopped in Waitrose on the way home from work this evening. In front of me were a mom and her adorable little boy, probably about three years old. He peeked up over the conveyor belt at the checkout lady and asked if he could have the green penny - the token they give you which you can put in one of the three boxes for the local charities they've chosen to support that month. She offered him the pot and he took three or four and went merrily off to deposit them. Suddenly his mom shrieked "Wait, wait - which ones are you putting them in?" He came back and said "I put one in each"


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