The old adage in this cartoon may not even make sense to folks today. When it originated, however, adults understood their jobs were to teach and children were to listen. Over time the roles morphed and reversed. Children became the center of attention. Parents became servants, listeners, cheer-leaders and reared an entitlement generation. Changing God's order carries a price.
Try to converse with a young mother and see how often her child is ALLOWED to interrupt, and do so without consequences. Many children today are seen and heard far more than their parents.
The well-known columnist says it would have not have been radical to someone who heard this 50 years ago because people up until the modern age understood this principle.
"The modern age is the age of 'psycho-babble' and parenting. Up until this age of 'psycho-babble,' people understood that you cannot effectively teach a child what you need to teach him, you cannot effectively disciple a child unless the child is in a position of being the student -- and that requires that the child be paying attention to you," the expert says.
Rosemond says the problem in most American families today is that most parents are paying so much attention to their children, that their children never get the message that it is their job to pay attention to their parents.
"So what you have by the time most children of three years old is children with a very pronounced attention deficit disorder that they take with them to school and simply never learn to pay attention to adult authority figures -- and as a consequence, have never learned to do what they're told," he adds.
The parenting authority adds that raising children should not be stressful, and if parents put their primary focus on their marriage, parenting will flow naturally and it will not be a stressful situation.
Rosemond made his comments earlier this week on American Family Radio's The Matt Friedeman Show.