Let Kids Be Kids

One of my pet peeves is seeing children dress or act in a manner that is consider “grown up” in nature. Seeing little girls in high heels is probably the thing that grieves me the most. I think advertising puts a lot of these concepts into a child’s mind, and some parents seem to go along with it. I wonder if Nixon Waterman felt that way about children growing up in his generation. Did he see kids that were seemingly being rushed into adulthood? I don’t know, but he does give us something to think about in the following poem that he penned.

Making A Man

                 Hurry the baby as fast as you can,
                 Hurry him, worry him, make him a man.
                 Off with his baby clothes, get him in pants,
                 Feed him on brain foods and make him advance.
                 Hustle him, soon as he's able to walk,
                 Into a grammar school; cram him with talk.
                 Fill his poor head full of figures and facts,
                 Keep on a-jamming them in till it cracks.
                 Once boys grew up at a rational rate,
                 Now we develop a man while you wait,
                 Rush him through college, compel him to grab
                 Of every known subject a dip and a dab.
                 Get him in business and after the cash,
                 All by the time he can grow a mustache.
                 Let him forget he was ever a boy,
                 Make gold his god and its jingle his joy.
                 Keep him a-hustling and clear out of breath,
                 Until he wins--nervous prostration and death.

                                            ---Nixon Waterman
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2 thoughts on “Let Kids Be Kids

  1. Isn’t it sad? I can’t believe the rate some parents want to push their kids through childhood, all in the name of being competitive and earning the almighty dollar. I’m with you, let kids be kids. And, maybe we adults should rediscover our inner child too.

  2. I know of a Jewish Rabbi who once said, “Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Why are we in such a hurry to grow them up?

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