Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Teach Your Kids Responsibility For Themselves

I'm going to go on a little rant here, so just be fore warned. This topic is actually quite a sore spot with me, and since this is my blog I guess I can write about it. I get super tired of people blaming other people/companies for their dumb choices and I think it's really important to teach your kids to own up to the consequences of their actions.

There was a sad story in the news this weekend about Natasha Harris, who died of cardiac arrest. A lot of people die of cardiac arrest and never make it into the news, so why did Harris? The speculation is that she died from drinking Diet Coke. I am not downplaying this poor woman's death: it is a tragic story and my heart goes out to her family! Here is my gripe with it though....

Coca-Cola is feeling the heat right now because their product killed someone. Really? Um, she was drinking 3 GALLONS of soda A DAY!!!!! Yes, you read that right - 3 gallons! I don't care what you are drinking - even water - if you drink three gallons a day it is not going to turn out good.

This is as good as the lawsuit against McDonald's because they made someone fat. Are. You. Kidding. Me!? Was McDonald's sitting outside your door with food every time you opened it. Did they force you into their restaurant and make you order your Quarter Pounder with Cheese, large fries and large Coke? (which is 1,400 calories btw, in one sitting).

People! Own up to your own actions. Please, teach your kids to take responsibility for their choices and own up to the consequences, whether they be good or bad. I get really frustrated when someone tries to place blame on someone else for a decision that they alone made.

As my kids were growing up they tried this several times, and I always debunked them on it right away. It was always the teachers fault they got a bad grade, or they other kids in class that got them in trouble. In the end they realized that wasn't going to fly and started owning up. We all got along much better for it, they learned to be responsible for their actions, and everyone was better off in the end.

It's about honesty, ownership and being true to yourself.

Teach your kids to be responsible for themselves and their actions and choices.

I am done ;o)


  1. Crazy! Another reason I don't drink very much pop. Like a candy bar, you should drink/eat it sparingly.

  2. While I was reading the last half of your post and writing a comment, Audrey went into my room and tore out all the kleenex and started ripping them up. That was a two minute time span! She is into everything right now!

  3. It's also a good idea to teach your girls (and boys) not to go on some 'fad' diet to loose weight. If this person was drinking 3 gallons of soda a day she must not have been drinking (or eating) anything else.