How many of us have heard the saying, “In my day …” Well, okay, I am going to begin with the saying I always hated! But, in my day, it seemed like kids had a lot more responsibility in the home. I know I did, and I know I hated chores. But the best thing my mother taught me was to be a good worker.
If you are a parent who isn’t teaching your child the value of hard work and responsibility, you are doing your child a disservice. Kids are handed everything today. Girls in their preteen years are having their nails done, hair highlighted, visiting tanning beds, carrying Coach purses, wearing expensive clothes. Boys have new fast cars, with expensive radios, rims, and every electronic gadget out there. We are spoiling our kids with so many things, and leaving out the valuable lesson of gratitude with attitude.
Am I saying it is wrong to give certain things to our children? Absolutely not! But, what I am saying is raising a generation of thankless and spoiled children is not in anyone’s best interest. I’m not trying to sound like a know-it-all, I really am concerned with what I see in teens.
My middle son is a United States recon marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. When he was in California training, he wrote home about some of the things he really missed about the comforts of home. One of the top on his list—carpet! He said, “I really miss walking on carpet, it is either dirt or concrete floors.” Perspective.