It always concerns me to see people riding push bikes through red lights. It is even more concerning, seeing them riding without lights after dark or without helmets.
I can’t help but feel these people are deliberately rebelling against authority. They know they’re breaking the law. They don’t seem to care or show respect for the authority that in reality, is trying to protect them from harm.
I wonder, as parents, whether we are providing adequate guidance and example for our youngsters.
When parents get complacent about issues such as these, then kids will feel they can get away with breaking the law. This only encourages them to reject authority within other areas of their lives which, in some circumstances, could well put their lives at risk.
As parents, we need to look closely at our own actions and attitudes towards authority.
From their youngest days, our kids will be influenced by the way we do things. If we show we don’t care or we think it’s smart to break the law, so will our kids.
Maybe we should think more about how our actions affect our kids attitudes, particularly the way in which WE show respect for authority.
I’m Peter Mack and that’s life.