This is a difficult word to tackle when it comes to children.
“I am proud to be an American. Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.” Bill Cosby
“He didn’t come out of my belly, but my God, I’ve made his bones, because I’ve attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I’m so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.” John Lennon
Webster states that proudness is a feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself; showing a high opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, or superiority.
Typically it was not until about the age of 8 that children gave examples of how they could be ashamed or proud of themselves. Of all the worries that parents of young children face, few would rank the prospect of their 7-year-old opening up six credit cards and running up $35,000 in debt as one of the most pressing. But increasingly, parents and young adults are struggling with a very similar reality these days — only the children themselves aren’t to blame, identity thieves are.
It is a growing problem according to the Federal Trade Commission. There were more than 34,000 incidents of children stealing credit cards and thus doing identity theft. The figure makes up about 5 percent of all identity thefts.
Chiefly to blame is a credit check system that at no time makes an effort to verify the age of individuals.
Bad Proud: “You cannot do what I can do and I am proud of that.”
Good proud or to be a source of pride or credit to a child: “His conduct in such a difficult situation did him proud.” “I am proud to be an American.” “Sarah was too proud to accept charity.” “I’m proud of my two beautiul children.”
A soft refusal is not always taken, but a rude one is immediately believed. Alexander Chase
Even the most polite children will act offensively at times, mortifying mom and dad. The worst part is that they are likely — without you realizing it — to have learned their rude behavior from you or others! “Today” contributor and clinical psychologist Ruth Peters talked to Ann Curry on the show about strategies to prevent your unconcious example from being passed on to your progeny. Here, from Peters’ latest book, “Laying Down the Law: The 25 Laws of Parenting to Keep Your Kids on Track, Out of Trouble, and (Pretty Much) Under Control,” are some time-tested tips that make sure that your “little angels” stay that way.
Next week, bad manners cost children “Big-Time” with 6 major tips!