One of the things I was taught in medical school: common things are common.
These things have been more common lately. I know I’m starting the grumpy old man phase of my blogging life, but good grief, people. Really?!?
No direct eye contact. No acknowledgement, verbal or otherwise, when greeted with a cheery good morning. Annoying behaviors designed, quite consciously, to actively annoy and derail the time in the office. Texting, typing, talking and playing games on phones in the office when active input would be appreciated! Ignoring questions outright or refusing to answer.
No, I’m not talking about serious depression or active psychosis. I’m talking about deliberately hostile, staring, scowling, defiant presentations designed to minimize communication. Really?
Lack of responsibility:
“I don’t know why I had to come here.”
“I’m not sure how that gun/knife/weapon got in my gym bag, but it’s the kid’s fault that found it and turned me in that I got in trouble.”
“My teachers suck. They don’t know how to teach. They’re stupid.”
“Because I don’t like to do chores, that’s why.”
“I just don’t do the work. I don’t feel like it. No, I never turn my homework in.”
“They can’t do this! They can’t take away my iPhone/iPad/Gameboy/PlayStation/XBox/flat screen TV just because I have four Fs and a D!”
It’s the teacher’s/principal’s/parents’/other kids’/government’s/doctor’s fault.
Anger for anger’s sake.
Refusal to problem solve or to see anything positive at all in a situation.
Adversarial stance (kids and parents both!)
“We’ve tried everything and nothing works for him.”
“Nothing you can do will help.”
This was a week, friends.
This is not entirely a mental health crisis.
This is a crisis of investment in parenting, house rules, expectations, empowerment, upbringing, respect for elders, and establishment of normalcy in childhood.
Enjoy your weekend.
Next week, we all have more work to do.