'No!,' 'Don't!' and 'Because I Said So!'

The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Parents produce employees and bosses.

As I was writing this I couldn't help having flashbacks to childhood. No, it wasn't quite a hundred years ago, but it was in a different time. It was a time when a parent said, "No!" with a firmness that conveyed it was a complete sentence.

It was a time when "Don't!" struck fear into my little heart and my eyes opened wide as saucers in anticipation off what might befall me next.

And of course there was the irrefutable "Because I said so!" which served as the perfectly acceptable, fully detailed explanation a child required from a parent.

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Those kids grew up and became workers who responded to bosses the same way. And some become bosses themselves relying on the certainty that workers would carry out tasks with dependability, accountability and responsibility -- because that's the way they were raised.

That's changed.

We're so much smarter today. We have studied, researched and have thousands of experts advising on how to do what parents have been doing for thousands of years simply by following how their parents raised them.

Every hiring manager over the age of 45 realizes there are young people entering the labor force with little exposure to, let alone understanding of or appreciation for, authority, discipline, respect for age, status or title.

In today's mix, it's difficult to get through the day without discovering basic courtesies, attitudes, and acceptable behavior have gone unlearned, not by all, but by an awful lot of young workers.

What's the big deal -- haven't workplaces always been intergenerational? Oh that's right, we're smarter now.

There's a reason God made parents first . . . because kids need them to learn how to survive. A child's job is to drive their parents crazy and a parent's job is to make a child's life miserable. But that misery centers on instilling values, discipline, teaching, loving, caring, protecting, defending, and doing everything possible to ensure by the age of 25, or sooner, that child leaves home a responsible, decent, civil, independent, hard-working, law-abiding citizen who will be prepared to be a parent to his or her child some day. Period.

So to the old parents, sure hope you did your best. To the young parents, realize you're preparing these little creatures to enter the job force some day. Will they be ready?
This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Vince Crew operates the business advising Web site Reach Development Services.

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