Par­ent­ing in Amer­ica

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

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

Siloam Springs

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