Here is my platform: "Bring back the shame!"
I have decided that there is not enough shame in the world anymore. People flake, people are incompetent, people are irresponsible, they are uncouth, they are tacky...and they don't seem to care! Well I do, and I want them to know they should be ashamed of themselves!!
I have been on this soapbox since just before Christmas, and yesterday I realized I need to enforce this more in my own home. I also realized our home is too open and communicative. We have not appropriately created an environment of shame.
F (age 9--and our innocent, chess playing, math loving, naive 9 year old) said something that in a home of shame--would never have been said! S has a new favorite book--the dictionary. Except, the only page he ever wants to "read" is the S page with "Sports" on it, because it has a bunch of ball pictures. So every book he brings you, he asks to see the balls. (you can guess where this is going...)
He brought an animal encyclopedia to Jack and asked to see the balls. Of course, there were none, and S started to get emphatic! Jack pointed to some prehistoric amoeba with a bunch of circles on it and said, "Look, here are some balls, sort of, some dirty gross balls."
Enter F who from the door overhears and says, "I know of some other dirty gross balls." Jack asked what he was talking about, and he pointed down!!
If I here and now commit to bringing back the shame, will each of you do the same? Then maybe together, we can bring back a repressed, quiet, responsible, timely, perception oriented nation focused on what others think of us, rather than what we think of ourselves?
Please--I implore you!