What do you tolerate from your children that your parents never would have tolerated?

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 4013 W. Harrison St.

Opinion: Streetbeat

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By Loretta A. Ragsdell

Contributing Reporter / Columnist

Tichina Mables

"When I was younger, when my mom told you to do something, you do it the first time. I allow my children several and several chances to where I darn near have to threaten them just to get it done."


Larry Rainge


"Getting smart, like mumbling and a smart attitude talking back. I used to get knocked down for that, smacked in the face, and don't cry."


Kathy Sikorski


"Not doing his chores like he was supposed to do. When I did that, I got whupped and grounded. How long depended on what I did. It could go from a day to two weeks."

Roy Lee James

"The way my mama brought me up, I don't bring mine up the same way. I didn't have no attitude problem with my kids the way I had an attitude problem coming up, because you got your beating first and things were explained later. I explain things first, and my kids didn't do it, and they avoided getting beat."

Sister Mallie Johnson

"I don't tolerate a lot. I try to keep it fair and respectful. You know, you can't give the children too much freedom, because they are so advanced now, and you have to keep it real."

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Posted: July 1st, 2013 9:42 AM

Roy Lee James, you "beat" your kids? Sounds like you should be in jail! Poor parenting is much of the cause of so much violence in the Austin community. Parents let their kids run wild doing whatever they want at any time of night, allow them to be disrespectful to society etc... (much of the parents are the same) and then they wonder why their "babies" and "honor role students" are getting shot up at 11pm on the corner. So, if you want someone to blame, blame the parents who raise these thugs.

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