The way children act and carry themselves in today's world are a far cry from the way children acted and carried themselves back in our grandparents' day and beyond. Granted, yes, the world has changed since then but do morals and values really change? Should they change? Respect for yourself and for others? Is that gone too?
How is it that we live in a world where an 8th grade little, yes little, girl can feel comfortable cursing out another parent because that parent accidentally spilled water on her or where a 15 year old child can post such a disgusting letter on her Facebook page addressed to her parents (even though she thought they would never see it because she locked them out of her page) about how they are giving her so much work to do around the house and that they should pay HER to do chores?
How is it, people, that these children feel so entitled, are disrespectful and just downright disgusting?
So this is my theory, things started to change during the Baby Boomer Generation (our parents' generation). During that time, after World War II, these were the people that remodeled society. They re-defined traditional values. It has been noted that this generation is widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of affluence. With that said, to me I feel this was the beginning of the decline in North America and of course it affects us as well. While they still passed down the same traditions and values they grew up with, I feel they were diluted as time passed. Some hung on to them and some did not.
The world has changed so dramatically you often hear children saying it's not easy being a child in these times, well try being a parent (Not literally, please don't go and have a baby!). BUT if we are stern with your children, the child has a right to call social services (in North America). Yet, we find it hard to believe when the 8th grader cusses a parent out, or the 15 year old writes such a harsh letter about her parents. Parents can no longer parent.
The teachings I received as a child (which seems to be lost in today's society) will undoubtedly be passed on to my children. I hope that respect for self and others, strong morals, values, and pride, etc. permeates their entire being to the point that they will not only live it but pass it on to their children to keep it going.
That's all I can hope for.
Where have the parents gone? Candilaria