The Readers Respond: "Kids today…"

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…

  • Prescribed 1 of 11
    "...are over medicated."
    via Hanan Lilac City Momma

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  • Great expectations 2 of 11
    Great expectations
    "...have an unreasonable sense of entitlement."
    via Kristy Ann

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  • Have stars in their eyes 3 of 11
    Have stars in their eyes
    "...think they can be a star! Thanks to Reality TV, American Idol, YouTube viral videos, Toddlers and Tiaras, etc. There's nothing wrong with dreaming of stardom, except that the real "reality" is that few people make a lucrative career out of performing, Parents need to keep kids grounded and foster *all* of their talents."
    via Mary Beth Clip Clop Mama

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  • In the know 4 of 11
    In the know
    "...are more globally conscious. With all the technology we have now, we know what is happening all over the world!"
    via Ladera Mom

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  • Tech savvy 5 of 11
    Tech savvy
    "...are tech naturals—they fearlessly dive into and explore technology (Leapsters, iPhones, computers, etc)."
    via Amy Using Our Words

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  • Ill-mannered 6 of 11
    "...aren't respectful!"
    via Tara

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  • Ungrateful 7 of 11
    "...take the things they have for granted and expect everything but do nothing to receive it."
    via Miranda

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  • Too fast 8 of 11
    Too fast
    "...are growing up way too fast."
    via Jennifer JK Says...

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  • Clueless 9 of 11
    "...don't have a clue."
    via Andrea

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  • Are conscious 10 of 11
    Are conscious
    "...are more sensitive to world around them, due to ubiquitous technology and information. Good/bad? Could go both ways."
    via Merely Mothers

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  • Can do anything 11 of 11
    Can do anything
    "...have the ability to do anything they want to do. What a great time to have all that opportunity and possibility in front of you."
    via Jessica

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What do you think about kids today?

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