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The Readers Respond: "Kids today…"

By Lori Garcia |

It seems like so many people have negative feelings towards kids today. I know we live in a complicated time, but does that mean that the younger generation is doomed? Gee, I really hope not.

What I’m saying is, if kids today are indeed a lost cause then why do we even bother? Oh right, because we want our kids to be the exception. If we all want our kids to beat the proverbial odds, doesn’t that mean there’s hope? I have to believe that it does.

While kids today are bombarded with an insane amount of information, they’re also expected to be better and smarter than any generation before. We’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think this presents us with unique parenting challenges.

Personally, I’m constantly amazed by today’s youth. They seem to know everything earlier than we ever did. Whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing; it’s a fact. I have great hope for the kids of today. I know how hard I’m working along with my fellow parents to equip my kids with the tools and support they need to become successful and kind adults.

I asked Babble readers for their input on kids today. Take a look at what they said:

Kids today…

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Readers Respond on the State of Today's Children

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"...are over medicated."
via Hanan Lilac City Momma

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What do you think about kids today?

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Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “The Readers Respond: "Kids today…"

  1. Sarah says:

    This is really interesting. Thanks for the shout-out! I wonder if there was a list that was written 30 years ago, and if it was found, how many of these would be similar or different. I can imagine that “ungrateful, clueless and growing up too fast,” may have been things our parents said about us when we were kids!

  2. Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy says:

    As the mom of boys who have ADHD the first one makes me sad because somehow I doubt that comment was made in regards to asthma or other conditions that children take Rx for. Might there be parents who push for a Dx so they can get meds rather than parent, maybe but it is hurtful to those parents who went to great lengths to make sure that there was no other issue before choosing to use medical intervention to help their children. Friends are typically SHOCKED to find out that my boys have ADHD as they are polite, respectful and doing AMAZING in school. But without the aid of their pills, they’d have a very different story to tell!

  3. Monica says:

    I have to wonder if a lot of these, like the clueless or self entitled, our parents might have said about us as we were growing up.

  4. justanothertiredmommy says:

    Isn’t this the “I walked ten miles to school uphill both ways with no shoes” mentality that our elders were guilty of when we were kids? I do believe that my kids are far more spoiled than I ever was (and kids in general are more spoiled) , but we live in a different world–a world where things that were once considered frivolities are now considered essential. I think that today’s kids are better educated because parents are more honest and willing to discuss topics that were considered off limits twenty and thirty years ago. If the end of the world is postponed again (THAT just kills me every time I read something about it. IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD! Well, it can wait until next week…but I digress…I ALWAYS digress…), I imagine that our children will complain about THEIR children to us. It is a rite of passage it would seem–for the parents AND the children!
    http://anothertiredmommy.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-shuffling-for-us-this-weekend.html?spref=fb

  5. LogicalMama says:

    Yes, I do think many of these statements were said about us and the generation before us too! And some of it is true, some not. I do think there is a higher sense of entitlement and I think we adults are totally responsible for it! How many ten year olds do I see walking around with iPhones, iTouches and iPads?! Too many! And at home, they have their laptop, DSi, Wii, Xbox, etc! Lego’s now have sets and parents buy kids all the sets! They are expensive. Some homes have thousands of dollars of Lego’s alone! American Girl dolls are $100.00 a piece, then add in the accessories! We feed in to the desires and add more and more to it… it’s never enough! I watched a Dr. Phil once and it was about spoiled, entitled older kids. One thing they all had in common, was that they said it was about the control they had over their parents to get them to say yes, more than the desire to actually have what it was they got their parents to buy them, which translates to them not really giving a crap about how much it costs, what sacrifices parents made to provide it, that they should take care of it and appreciate it…..
    The fame things drives me nuts too. You hear kids say they want to be famous… well, okay, but for what? Certainly it’s the rare one that says they want to be famous for discovering a new form of sustainable, affordable energy! Or for finding a cure for Diabetes, etc…. no, they just want to be famous for the sake of being famous b/c it’s glamorized 24/7!

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