Parenting in America
Due to drastic changes in parenting, a great disservice is being done to children in America and to society as they enter adulthood. In too many families, by the time a child is 3 years old, family life revolves around them and their demands, while parents are dedicated to making them happy. Teachers in our schools bear the brunt of this sad situation.
Psychologist Lisa Damour reported on CBS that a study shows 50 percent of teens feel addicted to their cell phones, and nighttime cell-phone use can produce anxiety, depression, and lower self-esteem in teens. It’s reported that these conditions have risen over 70 percent in recent times. Kids need to be engaged more in working, learning, growing, interacting with real human beings, and physical activity.
Since the 1980s, an entitlement attitude has developed. Kids demand, argue their opinions, and are unwilling to accept no for an answer. They are rude, belligerent, and spew vulgar and profane language when they don’t get what they want.
One school’s poster message for parents states: “Dear parents, we would like to remind you that the magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry and thank you all begin to be learned at home. It’s also at home children learn to be honest, be on time, diligent, sympathetic and show respect for their elders and all teachers.”
There was a time when parents for the most part followed these guidelines, but today the sad evidence is parenting in America has lost its way. BARBARA FOREMAN