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post #1 of 13
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One Disclaimer by me: I think it is IMPERATIVE we save the Rain Forest


RULE 1
Life is not fair - get used to it.

RULE 2
The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world
will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel
good about yourself.

RULE 3
You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out
of high school. You won't be a vice president with
car phone, until you earn both.

RULE 4
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a
boss. He doesn't have tenure.

RULE 5
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
grandparents had a different word for burger flipping
they
called it Opportunity.

RULE 6
If you mess up,it's not your parents' fault, so don't
whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

RULE 7
Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as
they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about
how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent's generation, try
delousing the closet in your own room.


RULE 8
Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life has not. In some schools they have abolished
failing grades and they'll give you as many times as
you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the
slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9
Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get
summers off and very few employers are interested in
helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

RULE 10
Television is NOT real life. In real life people
actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for
one.
post #2 of 13
I think the reasons that parents get so upset with stuff like that is because they see so much of themselves.

My parents weren't my "friends", and when I was 16 I thought they were the worst people ever. Yet, they taught me the most important thing in my life. How to say NO and mean it.


EDIT: Every single generation that I've ever come across always complains about the "kids". Now when these "kids" grow up they inturn say the SAME THING about the the next one. We need to get over ourselves and start working together.
post #3 of 13
I dont have kids but BOY is that spot on for the youngin s I meet today....
post #4 of 13
Honestly...that is spot on for just about every generation of kids. I know I needed to hear and LISTEN TO a lot of those things when I was a teenager/college puke (that's what my sister called me, and while it took a while to really "get it", I was one). Yes, there was some differences - we definitely had winners and losers in sports and failing grades. But overall? Yeah...it's just part of growing up.
post #5 of 13
Yay for teaching children to be depressed zombies with no ambition!
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Yay for teaching children to be depressed zombies with no ambition!
I don't get where you're coming from?? I took the whole list, which my parents have on their fridge, it's from Bill Gates as telling young people to quit whining about their lot in life and DO something about it and to take responsibility for their actions instead of expecting everything to be handed to them....which teenagers, as a whole, do need to learn
post #7 of 13
I am going to print #9 really big for some new people here at work
post #8 of 13
I agree with you about the rainforest. the list is great!
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I don't get where you're coming from?? I took the whole list, which my parents have on their fridge, it's from Bill Gates as telling young people to quit whining about their lot in life and DO something about it and to take responsibility for their actions instead of expecting everything to be handed to them....which teenagers, as a whole, do need to learn
This is how I tokk the list as well. Overall I agree with most if not everything it says.
post #10 of 13
One of the teachers at school hung that list on the bulletin board, in English and German! I still haven't figured out who did it, but have no objections.
post #11 of 13
The list makes a lot of sense to those of us over 25. However do you not think most kids would sneer at it? I know when I was a snotty 15 year old I would have been, like, whatEVER. (My dad used to always take the p out of me for this 'American' phrase and used to use it back to me when I wanted money etc. I laugh now but hated him at the time!!)
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
Every single generation that I've ever come across always complains about the "kids". Now when these "kids" grow up they inturn say the SAME THING about the the next one. We need to get over ourselves and start working together.
Ya, that's the first thing I noticed when I grew up and got older. I turned into my parents.

Now, in hindsight, I see they didn't do such a bad job after all.

That's a great list. It should be posted on the bulletin boards at every school.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I don't get where you're coming from?? I took the whole list, which my parents have on their fridge, it's from Bill Gates as telling young people to quit whining about their lot in life and DO something about it and to take responsibility for their actions instead of expecting everything to be handed to them....which teenagers, as a whole, do need to learn
I didn't really explain very well (obviously). I fully agree that teenagers need to learn the value of hard work, heck, I've had a job since I was 14, except for freshman year during the school year. But the rest of the list basically says we should expect our children to be adults, only smaller. It's all that stuff that we had to learn growing up, and if you remember how you learned those things, they probably weren't your favorite memories. Why should we try to teach kids to aspire for less than what they want? What, when a kid looks at you and says "I wanna be an astronaut" are you gonna respond "Too bad, you'll never make it, you should be happy to be a wage slave the rest of your life".

This attitude about trying to make our kids world-wise and tough and jaded is the same one all my gym teachers had; all my gym teachers who would make me run through asthma attacks until my lips turned blue because I was suffocating. Trying to make me "tough" and accusing me of whining.
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