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Date: 12/02/12 11:08 PM

18 Responses to Retired Royal Navy Officer`s Email To Children

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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
    3061 posts
    November 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Link: Retired Royal Navy Officer`s Email To Children - This sounds like a Festivus `Airing of grievances.`
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    Twinklestein Male 30-39
    513 posts
    December 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm
    Hmm.. Maybe something you should have hashed out LONG before your kids had kids of their own? (Perhaps when they were kids themselves?)
    Instead of waiting until they were dysfunctional adults and then saying "You all suck at life!".

    far too little far too late.
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    gary8162 Male 40-49
    939 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 12:31 am
    Sooo . . . your kids didn`t turn out like you thought they should. Welcome to life my friend. We`ve been expecting you.
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    ByOwlPost Female 18-29
    519 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 1:29 am
    @Twinklestein - I got the impression his kids were already `adults` when they started spawning, but perhaps I read into it to much?
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    ccalhoun86 Male 18-29
    76 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 1:33 am
    The curiosity here delves far deeper than we can imagine given the scant details of the email in regards to his children`s lives. All I can take from this is the father has kids who scrape by working dead end jobs, have generally unsuccessful relationships, and have perhaps "accidentally" had kids, who can not, based on the sentiment of their grandfather, see their parents as role models. Okay? Welcome to middle class america. I really can`t see why this is "news" because I imagine most parents feel this way at one time or another, and most kids should expect their parents to feel this way, unless their parents are generally worthless and would only be hypocrites to point out mutual flaws.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14656 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 5:11 am
    Problem solved. He`s probably not on speaking terms with his kids anymore.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36870 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

    When all of your children are a disapointment,
    you might want to look at yourself. You raised them.
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    bigfatdynamo Male 30-39
    259 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 8:01 am
    Perhaps this individual would be less of a cynic if his offspring had in any way been successful. They are not successful financially. They are not successful in relationships. They are not successful in parenting.

    I am not successful financially, but one thing I am is successful in parenting. My children are being raised to be respectful and to be civil. Despite my parent`s obvious frustration with my own financial debacles, and they are many, they still view me as successful because I am raising kind and good children.

    I can understand why this guy feels the way he feels. I would feel the same way. His children are living meager and insignificant lives, and they will most likely pass it on to their own children. Gerry raises a good point. We raise and rear what we are.

    Or perhaps this father`s disgust is in that he did his very best to be a source of financial and relational stability for his kids, who did not reproduce that in their own lives.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 8:48 am
    I don`t understand why this should make the news. He is simply one of millions of parents who have watched their offspring crash and burn, at least in their eyes. B, as they say, FD.
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    nikkypickles Female 30-39
    184 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 10:42 am
    I can`t help but get the feeling that he should`ve stepped in and interfered with his offsprings` lives long before now. If he was so concerned, speak up, don`t wait for the kids to come to him - I rather suspect (stereotyping wildly here, based on my own limited experience of former Navy personnel - particularly of the fatherly persuasion) that he was likely unapproachable when his kids were growing up, they have rebelled, and never stopped rebelling. Rather than stepping in and trying to fix the problem early, he`s let them reach a stage in their lives where he`s "disappointed" in them. Well Boo-f***ing-hoo! He`s brought it on himself and I`m sure his kids are actually better off screwing up their lives and learning from it than having his poisonous influence (or lack thereof).

    Sorry - that turned into a bit of my own rant. It just burns me up when parents complain about their kids when THEY are ultimately the ones responsible
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
    3446 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 10:49 am
    If the children are immature, isn`t that due to a failure of his and his wife`s own parenting?
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    7070 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 11:09 am
    To be disapointed in one child may be regarded as a misfortune. To be disapointed in all of them looks like carelessness.
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    mikelae18 Male 18-29
    79 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 11:42 am
    The type of parent that would write an open letter of disappointment to all of of his kids is the type of parent who would raise all of his kids to be disappointments.
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    Wundt Male 40-49
    410 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 11:44 am
    I understand his sentiment, but also feel it is perhaps misplaced.

    He must assume some of the responsibility as their parent. I am sure his kids have a few stories to tell about him that aren`t very flattering.

    And, frankly, it is a different world than it was 40 years ago.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7618 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm
    Oh dear, what a prat. He seems to think that his children have some kind of duty to live lives that HE approves of. Which may be why none of them actually ARE. How sad.
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    Otto67 Male 40-49
    438 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    The common denominator in all your disfunctional relationships is you.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    December 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm
    Can we nominate this guy for Father of the Year? After all, he raised this bunch of slovenly reprobates.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
    4896 posts
    December 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Too stupid to realize his own hand in their failures. If it was just 1 looser kid, I might understand his point. When you raise a whole flock of loosers, you gotta realize what the common factor was.

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