Shirlee Smith | Picking Friends

first_img Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * SHIRLEE SMITH,Columnist Shirlee Smith | Picking Friends By SHIRLEE SMITH Published on Monday, June 27, 2016 | 4:18 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe With great gusto, mom told me how she’d gone to visit her kid’s elementary school teacher because something needed to be done about the miscreant in the classroomHuh?Mom wanted the teacher to sit the unpleasant second-grader somewhere other than next to her kid and she wanted the teacher to make sure her kid didn’t associate with the undesirable one on the playground or anywhere else.What!Teachers have a heavy load educating their students; what would make any parent think who their kid associates with is the responsibility of the school personnel?“Well,” huffed the indignant mom who didn’t like my line of questions, “I don’t want my kid picking up bad habits and the ‘bad apple’ knew a lot of stuff about sex my kid shouldn’t hear.”For Ms Huff, and anyone else who doesn’t understand, we set up some values in our households and raise our children to live by them. Thus, when they meet youngsters of a different way of seeing the world, it shouldn’t matter much because we’ve laid a firm foundation.Kids will come across others we, as the parent, might prefer they hadn’t encountered, but what an opportunity for them to test what we’ve tried to teach.What should happen to the classroom kid with parents who aren’t providing the right guidance when every “good” parent makes the same request as Ms Huff?Should you pick your kid’s friends? What about the foul-mouth star of the football team – you’d rather your son not be an associate? HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Shirlee Smith is a former Pasadena Star-News Opinion Columnist. She is a Los Angeles Press Club first place awardee and author of They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends and the Spanish edition, “Son Tus Hijos, No Tus Amigos.” Smith can be reached by email at [email protected] Website Blog: Top of the News last_img

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