I've been to Czechia 5 times, the last for 2 years. My son, who has been there for 7 years and visits for summers back in the US. We lived together and he warned me that coming home would be culture-shock in reverse. Living away from the States gives you a new perspective, mostly very bad, about American Culture. I can put up with pretty much everything wrong with America (and I don't include Canada here, a really great culture and people). It's now very depressing to me. But the one thing that just gnaws at my guts is the fifference in the children. One of the first things that struck me on my first visit to Czechia was how calm, polite, and little adult-like they were. My favorite past time was sitting in the park and watching the children. (Something a 57 year old man can't even do here without drawing suspicion.) The girls often looked like little Babickas. Fathers held their son's hand. Parents and other adults chatted with the children, letting them into the conversation. The extended family supports them and they are loved by many. On a family walk, the parents or grandparents let the children explore. The 3 times -- 3 times out of 2 years -- that I saw children getting out of hand, discipline can quick and firm. Czech children learn their boundaries and enjoy more inclusion. They don't whine in stores, they don't beg for toys. The children grow up to be happy, calm, laid-back adults. It is so sad. This is the way my Czech father treated me and how I treated my children. I don't understand why most of us Americans have children if they are going to treat them so badly. And these children grow up to take guns to school, become substance-abusing adults without parenting skills, become divisive, superficial, banal and citizens who vote for amoral, unethical business and government leaders, and -- voila -- a brutal foreign power. I used to be an apologist for the US. No more. My only friends here in the States are immigrants or my Czech friends. I would like to balance my rant with all the positive things that are here, and all the negative things about Czechia, but I've gone on too long. I'd welcome your comments, especially from Czechs who have emmigrated to the States. Thanks for listening to me.