Seniors, the Disabled, and Problem Children

Children start out as being helpless babies depending on parents to meet all their needs.  It probably takes to their mid twenties or longer to develop all the skills that they need for a successful independent life.  Somewhere in between being born and becoming responsible, youngsters start to rebel against parents and adult supervision, criticism, bullying, impatience and punishment.  Generally, children are not good at explaining their feeling.  As a result, at an early age, children start tuning out and escaping the influence of the adults in their lives.  Children do this by going out in the woods or playhouses, hiding in their bedroom, garage or basement, hanging out at malls, or going to an unsupervised friend's home. Too many go on to rebel against education, society and the law.

In centuries past, families were much bigger and homes were much smaller. Most people lived on farms. As a result, children had more adult supervision, less impatience to deal with, and more friendly cooperation with adults; thus, children matured faster.     

Seniors and the disabled have somewhat the same problems as children.  For example, when a disabled person slowly opens a spring loaded door to a public establishment from the outside, a more able-bodied, impatient overworked person will frequently come up behind and automatically jerk the door all the way open with disregard for the possibility of breaking the disabled persons arm or wrist.  Sometimes when an able-bodied, impatient person encounters a disabled or senior, they will pull or push him to make him hurry along without regard that the disabled senior might have arthritis or a slipped disc.  Such painful bullying, by strangers or impatient health industry workers, who seem to think they are helping, is common in the lives of the disabled and senior adults.  As a result, seniors and the disabled seek separate communities resulting in the further isolation of children from contact with responsible mentors with the most patience.

Remember, everyone is a disabled person or a TAB (temporarily able-bodied).


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