Jack Cafferty wants to beat your children
Not technically youth sports, but given the amount of bitching about parents that goes on in it, this seems highly appropriate.
CNN’s resident curmudgeon wants to tell you: your kids aren’t that special.
Acknowledging he wasn’t the World’s Greatest Dad when he was drunk and getting divorced from his kids’ mother, Cafferty (pictured above) spins a bad night out to dinner into a symbol of Everything Wrong With America. Apparently we’re in an epidemic of teen pregnancies, school dropouts and underage drinking and drugging because Cafferty can’t get some peace and quiet with his filet mignon:
Exhibit A: My wife and I have just been seated for dinner when the maitre d’ walks over and seats a young family at the table next to us and the kids start carrying on like orangutans on a leash.
The parents are going, “Timmy, that’s not nice, don’t throw your food, stop stuffing your mashed potatoes up your nose.” Are mom and dad having fun yet, picking food up off the floor, apologizing to people like us, and wiping food flung across the table off their faces?
Some parents still have this attitude that their kids are too special to be burdened by discipline. And the rest of us are supposed to put up with their little mutants. That attitude really pisses me off.
I hate to break it to them, but the kids aren’t special, and I don’t have to put up with their behavior. If you can’t control your obnoxious little brats, leave them home.
They don’t belong out in public annoying other people, period. I don’t remember a generation of kids ever so indulged and enabled to behave so badly. What’s going on?
I remember as a kid I was expected to behave myself out in public or suffer the wrath of one very angry father. And of all the things that used to piss him off, those expectations didn’t seem unreasonable. Something’s gone terribly wrong here. My guess is it has to do with the breakdown of authority, the collapse of strong family structure, and the abdication of parental responsibility, dictated in part by the necessity that both parents work.
Before you begin your debate on the veracity of Cafferty’s remarks, please note that his parents combined for 11 marriages, that Cafferty blames his father for making him an alcoholic by bringing him frequently to the neighborhood saloon, and that Cafferty told NPR that he has “a compulsive distrust for authority figures.”
You were saying, Mr. Cafferty?
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