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  1. There seems to be a lot of talk recently about who's responsibility it is to give our kids the correct values, compassion and morality that 'should' be integral in us all, in order for us all to live harmoniously in this society. I hate to say this, Whilst schools, peers, youth clubs, etc, ALL have a part to play in forming our younger generations morality, at the end of the day it is the responsibility of us, the PARENTS. Easy statement to make I know, but true nonetheless. Please don't get me wrong, there are genuine, very genuine case out there where children have had a truly god awful start to life. Where their upbringing for many reasons fell apart. Parents divorce, parents die, drugs, booze, the list is endless, but in all honesty I'm truly not sure that ENOUGH parents take their responsibility to their children with the seriousness that should be inherent. Too many parents are prepared to say, 'Oh well, do what you want'. 'Go and entertain yourself, leave me alone'. And in a LOT of cases 'some' parents have lost the ability to say, 'NO', you are not going to do this or that. The word NO is not a bad word, it is a word that can carry with it a lifetime of lessons and teachings. Don't get me wrong, I am sounding like an ogre, but the ability to say NO at times will pay dividends in the end. The ability to raise a child and make sure it can interact with the general population in a compassionate and understanding way, it is a very heavy burden to carry. If as a parent you are not prepared for this responsibility then I would suggest you don't have kids. Jesus, I am so far from being perfect that it is unbelievable. I have made many mistakes whilst bringing up my two kids, too many to list, BUT. I have always done my best to ensure my kids have the ability to be kind, respectful and understanding of people. I am not admonishing kids of all the blame, some of the behaviour we see at times, lets face it will never change, there are some brilliant parents out there who despite their very best efforts the kids will go off the rails and act reprehensibly, BUT. In the main I would have to say that at the end of the day it is the parents who the children should learn from in the first instance. At times I want to give up and say, 'Jesus, what lessons are you sending out to your kids', and I hate to say this but I often think, 'You should never have been allowed to have kids'.:mad: But at the end of the day, the parents have to take first responsibility. We have to some extent become the 'blameless' society, where some believe it is everybody's else responsibility to pick up after us and wipe our backsides, when it comes to parenting this is not an excuse, sorry, thats just the way I feel. Guess what I am trying to say is this. There are enough parents out there who are for all intents and purposes living a 'normal' life, no great pressures or difficulty in their own lives, but still couldn't care less how their kids are bought up and behave. Cheers Tony:wink:
  2. It's that time of year again!!! Saturday 23rd of January the 37th Compass Cup is held. Including Australia's only Cow Race. Venue - Mount Compass - just follow the crowd. Details here on a web site............ 36th COMPASS CUP - Australia's Only Cow Race We regularly attend - a great day out. Very much a community/ Aussie/ no frills day out.Well worth a visit if you like that style of event Lots of fun / gentle and not so gentle humour. We normally sit up on the stands. Might take part in the odd event If a few are coming we might set up some shade tents Might see you there __________________
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