Are we raising a generation of sweet children?

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I don’t want to sound like a broken record (to those of you who know what it is) and talk about all the businesses that are in desperate need of workers this summer. However, this is in part due to the number of teenagers who do not have summer jobs largely because their parents allow them to do nothing easily … other than going to the beach, playing video games. , hanging out with friends, etc.

This generation of parents in their 30s and 40s (and even 50s) are helping to create a generation of gentle children who often feel empowered to do nothing. No job, no chores around the house, no responsibilities. Why? Because it seems that many parents are more concerned with being friends with their children than parents. By the way, I have to admit that I probably fell into this trap myself and left some of the hardest things to my wife. The bottom line is that we want our kids to like us / us which is good, but should come after us even when we make decisions that they don’t like. For example, you tell your child to be home by 10 pm and he responds with “all other children can stay outside until 11 pm”. If you want them to get home before 10 p.m., stick to it.

Our generation of parents and grandparents demanded more from their children. The kids had a list of responsibilities and chores inside and outside the house and they were not an option. They walked or cycled and although safety concerns have changed things today, parents shouldn’t always feel like glorified taxi drivers.

We live in a time when mediocrity is not only acceptable, but celebrated from pre-K graduation ceremonies to participation rewards for everyone. Why aim for success when everyone gets the same reward? Sure I know this sounds like another rant from an old man, but mark my words … when you set the bar low what you get are those who can’t find a way out .

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