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Old 10-03-2012, 09:06   #1
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Cut your own damn food kid

I seen a growing trend that has me concerned that the future generations of American will be screwed in the future.

I'm at a diner eating lunch, sitting at a table and facing a booth. In the Booth is a mom and two kids. The girl is about 12 years old, and the boy is a big 6 foot tall skinny teenager with a local high school hoodie on.

Food comes to the booth and the daughter hands her plate to Mom, and she proceeds to cut her food up for her. I'm thinking, that is silly , my kids learned to cut there own food at an earlier age.

Then the teenage boy pipes up and says "Mom" and hands over his stack of pancakes for his mom to cut up

For the record, the kids did not seem to be mentally handicap, or physically disabled...just lazy.

Pancakes...PANCAKES!! A Toddler with a butter knife should be able to cut up pancakes.

The sad thing is this isn't the first time I seen it. I have even seen it with other kids in my family. What the heck is wrong with kids these days. Back in the day, I would have been embarrassed to have my parents cut my food.

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:08   #2
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Good lord. What is wrong with people?

Yes, my mom did the same thing to meat (steak, chicken, etc.) when I was 5-6 at the latest, but she was worried I would choke.

After that, I was on my own.

Unreal.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:13   #3
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That sounds pretty crazy. Never seen anything like that, but in a world where people need a helmet to ride a bicycle, I'm not surprised.

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:53   #4
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I seen a growing trend that has me concerned that the future generations of American will be screwing in the future.

I'm at a diner eating lunch, sitting at a table and facing a booth. In the Booth is a mom and two kids. The girl is about 12 years old, and the boy is a big 6 foot tall skinny teenager with a local high school hoodie on.

Food comes to the booth and the daughter hands her plate to Mom, and she proceeds to cut her food up for her. I'm thinking, that is silly , my kids learned to cut there own food at an earlier age.

Then the teenage boy pipes up and says "Mom" and hands over his stack of pancakes for his mom to cut up

For the record, the kids did not seem to be mentally handicap, or physically disabled...just lazy.

Pancakes...PANCAKES!! A Toddler with a butter knife should be able to cut up pancakes.

The sad thing is this isn't the first time I seen it. I have even seen it with other kids in my family. What the heck is wrong with kids these days. Back in the day, I would have been embarrassed to have my parents cut my food.
I cut up my son's food.

He's 2.

At 12 he better either cut his own food, swallow it whole, or he's gonna starve.

There has to be more to this.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:59   #5
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Does not shock me.....Adults still live at home with Mommy and or baby Daddy. No shame these days.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:03   #6
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Was the mom hot, though?
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:06   #7
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I've seen it too. It's discouraging and depressing but not much shocks me today.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:19   #8
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:22   #9
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I'm at a diner eating lunch, sitting at a table and facing a booth. In the Booth is a mom and two kids. The girl is about 12 years old, and the boy is a big 6 foot tall skinny teenager with a local high school hoodie on.

The mom probably saw you staring her kids down, identified you as a gun nut and was just keeping anything away from her hoodie wearing son anything you might perceive as a weapon, leastwise you stand your ground.


That or the entire family is lazy/stupid.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:33   #10
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I've seen it alot. Crazyness. I can't imagine that at that age.

I remember when I was a kid and one of my friends was with my mom and I. He got a baked potato at lunch and wanted my mom to put the butter and sour cream in it. We were 7 or 8 at the time.

She told him to do it himself and he figured it out. Come to fi nd out hia parents did that for him even at that age.

I thought that was odd enough at that age. Can't imagine it at that old.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:38   #11
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I think my niece at 10 still isn't allowed to use a knife. I handed my daughter her own sharp knife at 8 and have at it. I am about to upgrade my other daughter to a sharp knife and let her go to town.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:39   #12
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My 3 year old has been cutting his own food for the past year. We still mostly cut if for him, but he knows how to do it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:40   #13
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I made Jello with my kids the other day. There was actually a warning on the box about not letting a child under the age of 6 eat the jello without it being cut into small pieces and without being under the supervision of a parent.

You have got to be kidding me. Kids today are obviously so weak, they cannot even eat Jello with the fear of choking?

All 3 of my children where eating chicken and steak as soon as they had their 2 front teeth. They eat peanut butter, hot dogs, whatever. They have never choked. At 3, they knew how to use a knife and scissors.

We have friends that baby their children and don't let them do anything remotely risky. Some are still eating baby food after a year. These children are in general weak and are the ones that choke or get hurt.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:02   #14
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My 9 month old is already feeding herself (no utensils yet...) so no, I don't see myself cutting her food much past the age of 3.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:19   #15
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My 9 month old is already feeding herself (no utensils yet...) so no, I don't see myself cutting her food much past the age of 3.
I just cut up the grilled chicken for my 10 months old lunch. I make her feed herself things that can can be easily picked up by her. But I really don't have to make her do it. She already wants to do things for herself. She has been eating a mix of real food and baby food since before she was 6 months.

I don't believe in babying kids. They will just turn out weak and have no independence. That doesn't mean that you don't protect them. You can't let truly dangerous and deadly things happen, but you can let fail and fall and learn on their own.

We are being brainwashed as a society to overprotect and give in it to our kids wants. That is not how it is supposed to be. Everyday I see to commercials that talk about their kid being a picky eater. Of course the commercials answer is some over sugared drink that is no good for them. A copout for the parents who doesn't want to stand their ground and be tough.
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This is what happens when typical "helicopter/power mommies" get out of control.

That crap didn't fly in my house but I fully expect to see it from two of my three sisters in law.

My daughter (24) was at the cabin playing with one of her young cousins (about 4). The girl wanted to see the bugs under the rocks and asked my daughter to lift them. My daughter showed her how to lift small ones herself. My niece told my daughter she couldn't because she would get in trouble if she came back with any dirt on her hands.

This was at a cabin in the woods next to a stream and many of my nieces and nephews are not allowed to play outside except on the deck.

I know many young kids (nieces and nephews included) who do not do any chores like clean bedrooms, wash dishes, wash clothes because mommy does it for them.
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The kids don't know how to cut anything with a knife. They only know to stab something with a knife.
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Old 10-03-2012, 13:29   #18
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It is pathetic that learning responsibility is considered to much of a burden on youngsters growing up now.

In my family the first thing taught to children is responsibility, for themselves and others.

My father used to say, "NO one is going to do it for you". No one did, back then.

He also used to say, "How do you know you can't, if you have never tried!".
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This is what happens when typical "helicopter/power mommies" get out of control.

That crap didn't fly in my house but I fully expect to see it from two of my three sisters in law.

My daughter (24) was at the cabin playing with one of her young cousins (about 4). The girl wanted to see the bugs under the rocks and asked my daughter to lift them. My daughter showed her how to lift small ones herself. My niece told my daughter she couldn't because she would get in trouble if she came back with any dirt on her hands.

This was at a cabin in the woods next to a stream and many of my nieces and nephews are not allowed to play outside except on the deck.

I know many young kids (nieces and nephews included) who do not do any chores like clean bedrooms, wash dishes, wash clothes because mommy does it for them.
I've seen things like this so many times. The "helicopter mommies" will be the downfall of this country, as they continue to raise total wussies.

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I've seen it. Still can't believe what a sissified society we've become.

I was wandering around on a ranch with a Zippo and a fixed blade by 6. These days folks would think that's crazy. I have a theory about delegating (or not) personal responsibility at a young age.
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When my nephew was @6 he stayed with me for two weeks. He wanted me to cut crust off bread/etc. I told him to eat it all or at least eat up to crust. He did every meal after that. His mom came to pick him up and he wants "mommy" to cut crust off bread. :(
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I just cut up the grilled chicken for my 10 months old lunch. I make her feed herself things that can can be easily picked up by her. But I really don't have to make her do it. She already wants to do things for herself. She has been eating a mix of real food and baby food since before she was 6 months.

I don't believe in babying kids. They will just turn out weak and have no independence. That doesn't mean that you don't protect them. You can't let truly dangerous and deadly things happen, but you can let fail and fall and learn on their own.

We are being brainwashed as a society to overprotect and give in it to our kids wants. That is not how it is supposed to be. Everyday I see to commercials that talk about their kid being a picky eater. Of course the commercials answer is some over sugared drink that is no good for them. A copout for the parents who doesn't want to stand their ground and be tough.
Guess I didn't get the memo on over-protection. My philosophy is simple, if there is a credible danger I destroy the danger/protect my children. But if they fall down and go boom... "Get up, brush off, get back to it." Worked with my 15 year old, will work with my 9 month old (already is... you know as a parent when they are hurt, then you coddle them when it's real... but a bump? Meh... creates massive wimps).
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I think my niece at 10 still isn't allowed to use a knife. I handed my daughter her own sharp knife at 8 and have at it. I am about to upgrade my other daughter to a sharp knife and let her go to town.

By 8, my nephew was field dressing his own deer. maybe earlier - he started killing deer and turkeys at age 4. He has his own guns, bows, knives, and was saving for a new Bennelli shotgun last I heard.
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