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NETIZEN ASKS WHY S’PORE PARENTS DON’T DISCIPLINE THEIR MISBEHAVING KIDS IN PUBLIC

Do you notice Singaporean parents don’t discipline their kids in public?

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Just curious if its just me or if this is also the experience of others. Singaporeans usually have a stereotypical strict household where you even hear stories on r/sg about parents caning/beating their children. However, it seems that parents barely care about how their children behave in public (I’m referring to basic mannerisms). For instance:

When exiting an elevator, I would find a child standing directly in front of the door, and not even budge when I am walking out. The parents behind them off to one side don’t seem to care to teach their children to wait on the side so people in the elevators can exit first. (This seems to be an issue with adults on the other hand with respect to the MRT)

Out in public or in malls for instance, kids seem to run wild all over the place. I have no problem with this actually, at the end of the day, they’re kids, but where I would expect parents to step in is say when walking on the sidewalk – children seem never to have been taught to step (in front or behind their parents) to one side so people going in the opposite direction can pass.

I wouldn’t even call it bad manners, it seems people are almost completely oblivious.

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