Bill Rancic Thinks We're Raising a Nation of Wimps
Are we raising a “nation of wimps”? Do we give our children too much too soon? That’s what new father Bill Rancic thinks and he said so on Larry King Now recently. Rancic, interviewed with his wife Guilana Rancic, spouted some strong opinions on how American parents are raising children wrong--- even though he himself has only been a parent to son Duke for the past 10 months. But isn’t that usually the case? That whole “I was a better parent before I had kids” thing?
While part of me wants to tell Bill to check back in 10 years when he’s had to deal with parenting a child who does more than play patty-cake and have his diapers changed, the other part of me actually agrees with him. A lot of parents do give their children too much. One visit to the average 5-year-old’s birthday party is all it takes to confirm that. And who knows what crap Bill has seen Hollywood parents buy their kids.
Bill also says: “Kids are given so much and parents are always making excuses. It’s the teacher’s fault, it’s the coach’s fault, and it’s the other kid’s fault in the classroom. By the time these kids are adults they have never had to take any accountability.”
Well, yes and no on that one. I’ve seen this happen a few times, but more often I’ve seen the opposite---parents holding their children accountable for their mistakes. Like my neighbor Linda who canceled her daughter’s sleepover party because she got into trouble at school. Or the dad who pulled his son out of a baseball game because he saw him acting rudely to a player on the other team. So I don’t think this “non-accountability” is as prevalent as Bill seems to think. At least it’s not in good-old Austin, Texas.
And as for Duke getting a nice shiny car when he turns 16, perhaps as a reward for putting up with being on his parents’ reality show “Giuliana and Bill”? Sorry, not going to happen. Bill says they’re instead going to make their son work for things he wants and if he wants a car, he’s going to have to get a job. I agree with this wholeheartedly and have already decided that’s what we’ll do with our sons. But then again, it probably won’t be as weird for my kids to bag groceries as it will be for the son two fairly high-profile parents. “I’d like paper, please, and by the way, tell your mom I just love her on E!”?
All that said, I hope Hollywood parents Bill and Guiliana stick with their plan to ensure Duke doesn't grow up as a wimpy, entitled child. And if they find it's harder going than they thought, they're always welcome to join me in Austin.