Maybe it's just me, but I'm tired of everyone always protesting things. Shut up, live your life, and let me live mine. What especially bothers me are kids who protest. Maybe I'm becoming a crotchety old man, but I think 10-year-olds should do what they're told.

UPPER ST. CLAIR, Pa. -- A 10-year-old fourth-grader is protesting a rule by her school that bans miniskirts.

Zoe Hinkle and her mother, Leslie, said there is nothing wrong with the skirt, if there are shorts sewn underneath.

Aside from the ridiculous subject of the protest, shut up. If your mom has a problem with the rules, let her go to the school administration and talk with them. Since when do kids get involved with making school rules? A mom who encourages her daughter to disobey school rules as a form of "protest" is simply undermining the authority structure of the system she chose to to put her child in. If the mom can't convince the school to change the rules and really wants her 10-year-old to wear miniskirts, then she should homeschool her daughter.

I see this same bizarre behavior in a lot of families: kids decide when they go to bed, what they eat for dinner, how they spend their weekends, who their friends are, etc. It's one thing for a 16-year-old to make most of their own decisions, but a 10-year-old? C'mon. Little kids don't know how to make decisions, and when you let them they tend to make stupid decisions. Young children don't understand consequences, can't make connections between cause and effect, and are generally incapable of behaving at an adult level. Kids who grow up with too much "freedom" never learn how to live inside the boundaries that adults have to deal with.

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