"Oh, let them, they're just kids."
"But this is a church, you think it's okay for them to do cartwheels in a church?"
The little old lady looked at me as if I had asked her to make me her sole heir. I looked back at her as if she had three heads. What's wrong with this world? Is it me, the horrible and mean mom for not letting my kids do cartwheels in the church (all right it was in the lower church and not upstairs), or this sweet little old lady?
Taking my side, it's the little old lady and the rest of the world who feel that kids can do whatever just because they are kids. Let me clue you in, the good behavour fairy starts at home. If parents don't teach their children right from wrong, when they are adults they won't have a clue.
For example, your little Jane is allowed to punch her friends when she gets mad. No comments are made, after all, she's little. Well, when are you going to tell her? And when you do, what's she going to think after you let her punch and kick for the first five, or six or ten years of her life. Why would you let her get used to one set of rules only to change them when she gets older?
I could go on, but I've made my point. Start with the basics at home:
1. Be nice.
2. Pick up after yourself.
3. Be honest.
4. Do cartwheels outside.
This place would be a much better place if parents would parent.