Monday, June 30, 2008


According to the BBC, some parent in Sweden has decided to prove that Americans don't have a monopoly on raising children with an outrageous sense of entitlement. He's complaining to Parliament that his eight-year-old should have the right to publicly snub other children when handing out birthday invitations at school.

I don't think he should stop there. Here are a few other rights that children in Sweden and their helicopter parents should immediately campaign for, perhaps before the UN Commission on Human Rights:

The right to go first on the swings, every time.
The right to eat paste.
The right to stay up as late as they want.
The right to replace vegetables with chocolate at any meal.
The right to an "A" grade regardless of test scores or homework completion.
The right to slap that one girl who's always so mean.

And finally, and perhaps most importantly, the right to remain frozen in childhood, supported by their parents, until that point in adulthood when their parents finally die, at which point the child's own children can proceed to do the same.

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