Then that got me to thinking of all the "new" childhood problems we have now. Obesity, diabetes, asthma.... why?? Today more than ever we are concerned about our children.
We no longer spank (or at least not in public)
So they get away with what they shouldn't
We baby even our teens
So they don't learn responsibility
We make sure they have equal play time even if they suck
So they don't learn competition and never try to be the best
We've got air purifiers, water filters
So their bodies can't tolerate dust!
I mean the list goes on!
What happened to parenting? And what about 'new' parenting could have effect on the children of today? We are raising our future here right??
Generations of past grew up fine. Through competition we learned to grasp the bigger picture and aim for something higher. Through spankings we learned respect. We didn't have bottled waters, lattes, XBox, 100+ channels. We rode bikes, played baseball, got out of the house! I think Saturdays we had four cartoons to watch early morning. Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons, and Masters of the Universe...... Now cartoons are on 24/7! And if you had one drink of your parents coffee you spit it out! Now tweens are drinking it, like they need more energy!
Vacations for us were camping, fishing and hiking. Now its resorts and more places with cable!
I hate to say it but when we were younger, who were the kids who didn't know the first thing about sports.. Or had all these allergies....Or watched TV all day?? You know what I'm talking about. So why are we doing this to our kids?
Just makes you think....