Parents and children today

December 12, 2018 by Joshua
in Art, Education

childrenI’m an uncle, not a parent, and a college educator, not a grade school teacher, but I look at how people live their values in raising kids and wonder.

I tried to pair questions suggesting differences between people’s values and behavior:

  1. Would you blow smoke in a baby’s face?
  2. Would you pay to put 10 tons of CO2 into the environment by flying?

The pollution from flying is millions of times greater than what would horrify most people to see.

  1. Would you steal candy from a baby?
  2. Would you feed a baby McDonalds food?

Stealing candy from a baby makes the baby healthier.

  1. Would you be a role model by using drugs in front of a child?
  2. Would you be a role model by eating lots of sugar in front of a child?

Does it matter which refined, addictive powder you teach your children is normal?

  1. Would you be smoke in front of your child?
  2. Would you be overweight or obese in front of your child?

One unhealthy behavior seems shunned by society. The other over 70% embrace.

  1. How many hours a week do you play sports with your child?
  2. How many hours a week to you watch TV with your child?

The average American watches 8 hours of TV per day, leaving negligible time for sports.

  1. How many hours a week do you create arts and crafts with your child?
  2. How many hours a week does your child use Facebook or other social media shown to increase anxiety and depression?

Arts develop voice, grit, expression, and more. Facebook leads to anxiety and depression. I would be scared to hear the comparisons in answers to these questions.

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2 responses on “Parents and children today

  1. I’m convinced that an overwhelming (maybe not in terms of %, but in terms of culturally damaging) number of people under 40 were raised so badly, and didn’t do the requisite work to overcome it, that they are not able to bring up children well or have solid relationships themselves.

    There are gonna be several hard decades in front of us.

    • I won’t disagree with you, but this post, Things aren’t suddenly getting worse, tempers my concern. At its heart is an admonition that sounds current:

      Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.

      The statement is centuries, maybe millennia, old. I wonder if there was ever a time older people didn’t say similar things about younger.

      I think upcoming decades will be hard for bigger reasons that past generations could have prepared for but didn’t, including most adults today. We still aren’t addressing them.

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