I wish I could give this more than 1 thumbs up!
"Many young people today are swimming in debt up to their ears. They feel entitled to the things it took their parents 30 years to acquire."
Uh, no. While this is true, Gen-Y is a bunch of fucking brats who want everything on a silver platter, the Boomers aren't better off. Did you really save 30 years to get your house? No, you have a mortgage. What about your college? Bet you're still paying for that too. And your car? That's what I thought. Young people have much less debt than most Boomers.
"Praising your child indiscriminately sends the message that praise is not earned, it is something one is naturally entitled too."
let's raise kids that are really cool...
Fantastic read! We moved to New Zealand from America about 6 years ago, and I've noticed a lot of the things in this article have only just begun in NZ. The playgrounds are getting more overly-protective, and the parents definitely are turning out some seriously spoiled/self-indulgent kids. I can only hope they bloody well catch themselves before it gets as bad as it has in the States.
From the page: "This culture of obsessive over-protectiveness is bred by the media. As the 24 hour news networks and Satan's minion, Nancy Grace, regurgitate stories of abduction over and over and over again, it begins to seem like the world outside your suburban castle is a very dangerous place indeed. Yet the reality is very different from how the media spins it... "
I loved it! If only more parents would be parents and not friends we would be raising a generation ready to take on the world that will one day be theirs!
From the page: "six ways young fathers can raise strong, resilient, and independent children"
"Parents want to believe they can be their child's best friend because they enjoy such a healthy, close relationship. The reality is that parents want to be their child's best friend because they're afraid of their kid not liking them. But parenting is not a popularity contest. Being a true parent means that sometimes you have to lay down the rules, and oftentimes your kid is not going to like it."
Right on!!! It's not about being cruel, it's about being a real parent. I've heard it too often, school teachers that are stuck with the task of "raising" kids instead of teaching them... parents are hardly there these days... family suppers together hardly exist... discipline and structure is rare like a gem. And we wonder why "adolescence" is a recent phenomena, where kids are lost about their identity and values. IF you want people who have CHARACTER and strong values (not just personality) then you need structure and discipline... Right on.
"We live in a society of namby pamby men and women who whine when they don't get what they want and think they are entitled to all the comforts the world has to offer. What do I blame it on? Bad parenting."