4/12/09

Today's Parenting Concerns Are Different Than In The Past

. 4/12/09

The world has been changing very rapidly especially over the past twenty to thirty years, and during this time parenting has become a whole new world. As a parent, it seems like the teens of today are from a different planet then where we there parents came from just two decades ago. It would seem that with this new age of parenting has come a new world of responsibility which can be completely overwhelming to keep up with. These days, you pray that all your child is into is sex, drugs and rock and roll, but the teen problems of today go well beyond what anyone would have imagined.

With all the things that are rampantly occurring on a regular basis, it seems there is no rhyme or reason as to who it happens to. Everyone seems to be getting into sexting (taking naked pics on cellphones) and risque things on webcams and the internet. Those things are permanent, and children don't seem to get that. The use and carriage of weapons of all sorts is not unheard of. Random acts of violence seem to be popping up everywhere. Then you have the hazing and gang related behaviors that are not confined to just the ghettos anymore. Kids today do not think there are permanent consequences for any of this behavior. The internet is a free pass for literally anything a person is looking for. It seems like almost everything a kid can get into nowadays is a danger to their selves.

You may think that your child would never dare to do any of these things. Do not kid yourself. Kids are kids, and some experimentation is normal and to be expected. Nowadays, if you can get through the adolescent period with just a few smokes, drinks or sexual confrontations, consider yourself lucky.

There could be several things that are contributing to our youth going wild. Now most homes have both parents gone most of the day, leaving the kids to their own devices and not supervised. Then we have all the technology at their fingertips. Cell phones, computers, and usually they have their own in their own room. The kids have access to any information they want, not to mention the movies and television nowadays. Nothing is held back. Giving the kids what they want keeps them out of your hair. But it also allows them too much privacy.

With the evolution of technology in this generation alone, it seems hard to fathom what will come with the next generation. One thing is for sure, we need to get a handle on things now, with our children. The safety and restraint of our children and their children depend on it.

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