What is a Society to do?
When did it start exactly. This trend away from family values and honest hard working ethics? Was it when political correctness became an everyday worry? Was it when religion was removed from schools? Or maybe when the government stepped in a how parents can discipline their children. I suppose you could make an argument for each instance, or maybe a result of all three. One thing is for sure, things have changed. Children today are maturing far faster than the previous generation. No need to be a parent to see that happening. But not only that. They are growing up differently. They do not have respect. And I know all teens can be lazy, but there is a never ending battle do have anything done when it is suppsoed to. Forget about it being done right the first time. No respect, for themselves or others.
There also seems to be an element of enttitlement afoot. Apparently they deserve everything without having to earn it. Just because. Parents are no longer the symbol of love and life lessons. We are now the source of punishment and limits. The enemy. I suppose that is what happens when early behaviour cannot be corrected firmly. There is a difference between abuse, and discipline. As a child I disobeyed my parents and played on a farm tractor, during which I accidentally started it. Scared me to death. After my mother finally managed to shut it off I was treated to a very firm introduction to my fathers belt. I never touched a tractor again unless I had permission. Go figure.
Swarming, bullying, beatings, robberies, all of these more frequent today among teens. I’m 44 and cannot remember one single time there was a swarming at any of the schools I attended. Not one. Why? Double income homes and parents not watching as they should? Or more likely they cannot afford to. Young offenders act? Too much emphasis put on youth rights? Aside from health and safety, children (18-) should not have any rights. Food and shelter are rights, anything else is a privilege. 16 years old too young to drive.
Children are given too many breaks. The panzy wanzy Liberal bleeding hearts have done it again.