I’ve known for a while that this new generation, this “entitlement generation,” I like to call them, has some issues.
I think most of these issues stem from the fact that their parents want to be their friends instead of their parents. From this, I’ve concluded that there are two very important things that really aren’t being taught in all homes that should be. And, if they are taught, they are quickly forgotten.
Respect for yourself, and for others.
Responsibility for all of your actions.
When you have these two things, I really think everything else can and will work out.
Children are so quick to snap at adults or even their peers and make judgments. They will ask you “why” when they they should say “yes ma’am” or “yes sir.” They will call you a “liar” to your face. They will accuse you of being “unfair” or “racist” at the drop of a hat. They will swear at you or in front of you. They will flat out tell you “no” when you ask them to do something. They think that they have to be given respect first before they can give it, instead of respecting the title a person holds.
They have so little respect for themselves that they let their friends talk poorly to them. They dress inappropriately and crave attention, even if it is negative. They think a D grade is “good enough.” They strive for mediocrity.
They are so quick to blame somebody else for anything and everything. “I didn’t do it.” “It’s not my fault I….” “Look, they are all doing it, too.” They say that people fail them and the government will take care of them and their babies.
If they could just respect themselves and take responsibility for their actions, it would open up so many opportunities that a lot of our youth are missing out on.
What are the things you hope you instill the most in your kids?
Are you scared? I am.