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Brisbane Museum 
26th-May-2008 09:36 am

The SO asked if there was anything I wanted to do over the weekend. Without much of a thought or consideration as to the cost, I pipped 'museum'. I hadn't been to any of the museums in Brisbane and I thought it might be an educational trip. Besides, the museum apparently had some dino bones on exhibit and I hadn't had the opportunity to see any of these before.

Thankfully it was free admission.

The visit highlighted that many kids lack basic manners. An elderly couple were watching a vintage documentary about wombat conservation, when a boy of about 7-8 years old walk past and pushed the button to restart the entire film. The elderly man went 'hey!' and the boy looked back... and walked away without a further glance. The boy's elder sister/mother went 'oei', pinched her nose bridge and didn't bother to get the boy to apologise, nor apologise on the boy's behalf to the elderly couple.

My own encounter was not much different. I was half bent over with my head tilted to look into a tank of stick insect eggs, when a child of about 4-5 years old crawled up beside me and stood up, bonking the top of her head into my cheek bone. It really hurt and I did yelp in surprise at the pain and glared at this child. She looked up at me and turned back to the tank, not bothering to even look apologetic.

Why aren't parents doing a thing to discipline their children and teach them the basics of 'thank you' and 'sorry'? No wonder kids these days believe they can get away with anything.
26th-May-2008 02:24 am (UTC)
I think we should bring back the big stick and belts. not to hurt them with it, but to put a little fear into their minds that being mean has consequences. :3
26th-May-2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
You mean put the fear of god back into their backsides? I agree, but there is such a thin line these days between what is considered discipline and child abuse.
28th-May-2008 12:08 am (UTC)
There's a workable solution. My dad beleived in the spankings and it didn't take many to set me straight. Didn't even need to do any physical action sometimes. Just stick the kid in the corner and let them look at the big belt on the wall, or have them sit on the back porch and pick out the stick to be disiplined with (and the stick ends up not being used, it's just a mind game to teach 'em consequences).

Yeah my dad knew some scary tricks that worked with a minimal of physicality.
26th-May-2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Because you can't even spank a child once on the behind for misbehaving without being accused a child abuser these days.
26th-May-2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
That's true. And people are wondering why our society is going down the drain. It starts from childhood.
26th-May-2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
5 yrs in US, i haven't been to a museum yet...sigh...i never thought much about it...lol...i might have to make a trip there some time...i miss looking at skele's :D

as for the kids these days...seems to be a world wide thing of this generation. i hardly find a child who says thank you or excuse me anymore..its a rare find...
26th-May-2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
You haven't been to a museum in the states yet? Where's your nearest city museum? I would've thought the museums there would be chock-a-block full of cool stuff. The one here just has a lot of stuffed animals and fibreglass ones for display. Gotta admit the displays were very well done, but the amount of information up was clearly for the benefit of the kids. Not terribly intellectually stimulating for adults.
26th-May-2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Cool and cute!
To teach a child manners, both parents and teachers must do their part.
And it's very sad when parents don't.
26th-May-2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
I am not entirely sure how much responsibility and time teachers here get with their children at school, but I believe that basic etiquette should be taught at home. It is something children have to learn on a daily basis through examples and imitation, which would be provided in a home environment through their primary caregivers.
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