Teenage girls were recently accused of destroying equipment at a Moreno Valley, Calif., McDonald’s after employees and parents asked them to leave the children’s play area. The teen girls were playing inside the PlayPlace of the McDonalds when one of the parents asked them to leave because she feared their rough play would harm her 2-year-old and her 5-year-old who were both playing in the play area as well.
When the parent asked the teens to leave, they threatened her and told her to fight them. When she refused, they took it upon themselves to beat her up in front of her children. When the employees of the food chain stepped in to kick the girls out of the restaurant, they became even more belligerent and started to throw things, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damages.
When the police arrived onto the scene, the girls were gone and there was nothing left behind but damaged equipment, a mother with minor injuries, and two small children who were potentially forever fearful of being around older kids.
This type of incident begs one to ask who raised these teen girls and how did the girls get to be so angry. Teens who will beat someone up for telling them that they can’t play in a children’s play area are teens that one might assume to be missing a few screws upstairs. If not that, then it must be that they were merely angry at the thought that they were being told what to do, which opens the door to another problem entirely.
Teenagers who are allowed to do anything that they want around their parents are not being taught how to deal with rules and regulations. The parents assume that by allowing their teens to do all that they want to do, they are creating happy teens who will like them more.
This can’t be further from the truth. Teens who are not disciplined by their parents only take their aggression out on the public and they prove that they lack the insight to understand how they are to play within certain parameters. This particular incident of teen girls failing to handle being told to leave McDonald’s is only a small view of what they will give society unless their parents take the responsibility of showing them that they can’t have anything they want when they want it.
It is the complete responsibility of the parents to teach their children the importance of walking within the boundaries given so that they can be effective members of society…not the problems of society.
Most parents get angry when they are told that their children should be disciplined. Parents feel that others shouldn’t have the right to tell them how to raise their children. This is the attitude that they carry onto their children, which might explain why their children go into society acting as if no one should have the right to tell them what to do, even if they are wrong.
The unfortunate deal here is that other people are harmed when teenagers take their undisciplined wrath out on others. Parents can all take a lesson from this situation and do what is necessary to ensure that their children will not be the teens who are wreaking havoc in McDonald’s somewhere. It won’t make them parents of the year by their teens, but it will help to ensure their teens are not staring at them from behind bars someday soon.