Originally Posted by sewchris2642
Playground and school rules mirror the way society works. They are the child's equivalent of adult manners and rules of behavior. It starts at the playground.
But I actually think we're moving into becoming a more caring society, as we get less wrapped-up in all the little "particulars" or do's and dont's, which I think is happening because of our society's increasing diversity. There is no longer one "right" way to live your life, or to show consideration of others.
I.e., it used to be seen as "rude" for new parents to stand up to their own parents, if their parents disregarded their parenting ideals, i.e. trying to slip a new baby ice cream or something. The rules are a changin', and becoming more fluid, which I see as an improvement.
The Golden Rule says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If I was wanting to slide down a slide, it wouldn't bug me if others wanted to climb up, so long as they moved to let me slide. But I guess it WOULD bug me if I wanted to climb, too, but my mom wouldn't let me, LOL.
But in this case, it would be MY MOM who wasn't "doing unto me" the way I wanted to be "done to," LOL -- it would really have nothing to do with the other family.
But back to what I said about increasing diversity, and no one set of rules: I see great possibilities for us to raise children who are truly thoughtful
in their dealings with others. Which IMO is much better than an attitude of "What did I do wrong? I didn't break any RULES, so it's not my fault she's upset because 'finders keepers losers weepers,'" or some such nonsense.