Off The Lawn

While it may be a cliche, there is some truth to the common belief that when you get older you’re more prone to yelling at kids to get off your lawn. Presumably the kids in question in this scenario are strangers trespassing on the older person’s property.

And then…

As a parent, it isn’t unusual for me to yell at my kids when they are being disrespectful to others. This includes telling them (sternly) to get off of other people’s lawns.

What does it say about me, however, that I have taken to telling other people’s kids to stay off of other people’s lawns?

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8 Responses to Off The Lawn

  1. You’ll need your rocking chair and widdling stick.

  2. You sound like a teacher! My wife and I are both teachers and spend a great deal of time correcting the bad behavior of kids at school. We also have a hard time switching out of “teacher mode” and can be heard correcting the behavior of children who don’t belong to us at Target and at the grocery store! Good times!

    • Daniel monk Pelfrey says:

      My wife is now a teacher. She got her Teaching Certificate, Masters In Teaching and Reading Endorsement over the summer. She’s been substituting this school year with two long term assignments – currently in a Kindergarten class since the beginning of January. The thing is, with 5 kids, it’s all about group management, which teachers know a lot about! Sadly, I’d be the grumpy old man telling other people’s kids to stay off of other people’s lawns with or without my wife being a teacher.

  3. seattledad says:

    It’s hard to remember sometimes that we were those same kids a while back. Seems like forever sometimes, others not so much.

    • Daniel monk Pelfrey says:

      Me? I was NEVER one of those… oh… yeah I was… kind of.

      It’s just sort of amazing the type of grumpy old man I’m becoming instead of the “sort of rebel” I used to be.

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