So I was watching the news this morning and I saw a story about 3 boys in their early teens that recently found a dead body. They were being interviewed on the news, they stated they didn't think it was "real" but then they soon realized it was and ran for help. The boys seemed to know exactly what the situation was and I feel that they dealt with it in an entirely appropriate manner, they didn't stick around to poke the body, to try and get a close look, they notified police immediately. Their interview was fine, they just described the action they took and that was about it.

Directly following their short interview a "parent" (I don't know if it was one of the boys parents) was being interviewed by the news, this woman kept saying "Oh they can't grasp the seriousness of this, you can tell, blah blah blah, they don't get it, they just don't get it".... Basically she just went on and on and on about how they have no clue, etc..

Uhm, I think this woman is under estimating the adaptability of children, not to mention making them seem clueless on national television. Even as a young teen, seeing someone talk like that about me after doing something very mature would upset me a great deal, rightfully so. I don't see how this woman can start talking like these boys are completely clueless and have no idea about anything. She seems like a glory hog.

I am childfree, I'm not big on kids and most parents, but to be honest I think these boys had more of a "grasp" than this woman did. It's unfortunate when you get on the news and all you can do is slam the maturity of a couple young kids, this kinda got to me, I really think we underestimate the capacity and ability to adapt that children have. What do you think? Are kids REALLY this out of it these days? Are kids REALLY incapable of handling mature situations? Where seeing a dead body doesn't MEAN anything? I doubt it!! Not for most anyways. I say these kids got a bum deal from this woman!

Sorry, just a little rant!

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Comment by John C on December 12, 2009 at 8:48am
Why is it that kids are so often more mature than we are? If that was my nephew (I don't have kids) I'd be bragging about him.

I often see this kind of thing when I tell people he's adopted and has known it all his life (he's 7 now). "OMG, they told a _-year-old he's adopted?!? Doesn't he get confused?" No, he doesn't! He's totally OK with it. And as he matures he'll ask questions appropriate for, well, his level of maturity. Stop underestimating the little guy.
Comment by Sarah Elle on December 11, 2009 at 8:58pm
"I.E. PRG nailed it. "

I agree!!
Comment by Jared Lardo on December 10, 2009 at 11:58pm
The woman was clearly a personality type called "socializer", incapable of grasping serious situations, such as that which the boys encountered, herself. Okay, so I did some induction intuitively on that, so I might be wrong, but it's the most likely possibility, since that's a characteristic thing that socializers do and no other personality type does that. (All neocons are socializers, by the way.)

I.E. PRG nailed it.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on December 10, 2009 at 11:06pm
It sounds like she views them as "not grasping the seriousness of this" just b/c instead of getting all hysterical (like she did) they just dealt with it.
Comment by Sarah Elle on December 7, 2009 at 6:24pm
"Sadly, though, bubble wrapping seems to be expected these days"

Stephen I know exactly what you mean, it's a well known fact for anyone who knows me and my family well that my brother has been babied his entire life, and since I am the older one I've always been expected to do more, know more and be better. I matured quickly with my parents negative attitude towards me, and my brother is highly immature for his age, I suspect because of the way he's been treated and pampered his whole life.

Jill- I agree, different ages mean different understanding levels, in this story the boys were young, probably between 12-13. I think actions of a young person really determines their maturity, not their age itself.

Thanks for commenting everyone!
Comment by Rayray on December 7, 2009 at 9:37am
I wonder what she expected them to do? Some people just cannot be pleased no matter what you do.
Comment by Johnny on December 7, 2009 at 5:33am
ditto. your story digs at my nerves a bit.
Comment by Stephen Moore on December 6, 2009 at 10:44pm
It's really quite sad the way children are viewed: innocent, immature, unable to understand so called adult concepts. I certainly don't advocate a return to the times of child labour, but from such a time we can see that children are quite adaptable and resilient.

Granted, there are levels of development, and three year old will not have the same acuity of mind as an eleven year old (and for that matter, an eleven year old the acuity of an 27 year old adult), but treating all children as one homogeneous group does them all a disservice.

Unless an early teen has been brought up in bubble wrap and sheltered from the world, I would rather expect them to act as the teens in this story did.

Sadly, though, bubble wrapping seems to be expected these days. I even noticed it with my sister. There's 15 years between us, but the way I was raised and the way she was raised were quite different: I had much greater freedom. Some of this may have been due to our respective sexes, but it seemed the level of fear of the outside world was greater in her raising than in mine.

These are odd times we live in.
Comment by Sarah Elle on December 6, 2009 at 10:11pm
Lol thats the kinda thought that went through my mind as well, I can't help but shake my head at this woman.
Comment by Sarah Elle on December 6, 2009 at 7:47pm
Hey thanks for commenting Cliff, I agree :)

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