We have reached a pivotal moment for this generation and many don’t know what to do with themselves. From the presidential election to the death of Fidel Castro, and from international terrorism to domestic terrorism, these moments will define the world in which our children grow up in.
What is most baffling is the lack of information people have, yet the overabundance of resources to get this knowledge from. We are in a time where lazy and following prevails over taking initiative and leading.
There are people walking the streets, destroying property, spitting on fellow humans, saying a person is “not their president.” Ironically enough, the majority did not even go to their precinct to cast a ballot. When questioned about their beliefs and why they are “protesting” they don’t even know how to answer. They are just there to be part of a trend on social media. That is how kids are defining themselves these days.
And who can blame them, we have become a society of labels. Case and point: Tinder released 37 different ways to classify your gender. Really folks. This is what we have come down to – A world that has to give every millennial exactly what they want because they were brought up on participant ribbons and still throw tantrums well into their 20s.
Where does this problem begin – parenting. Or should we say the lack there of. Throughout this past weekend, Lexus ran commercials in which parents forced their kids write to Santa Clause that they wanted a new car. This is the root of the problem – parents are putting themselves before their kids.
They are not paying attention to their children, because it is not convenient for them. Yes, there are some great parents out there. An overwhelming amount fit the description above. Sure kids can be obnoxious and it is simple to just give them an iPad to “shut them up.” But what are you teaching them? To be bad? Break rules? Throw a tantrum, and they get what they want? Well, doesn’t that sound familiar? And we wonder why 20 year olds are throwing tantrums in the streets of America.
Is it too much to ask to raise your children as if they will be carrying out your legacy? Is it too much to teach them proper decorum, how to make their voice heard correctly, and just pay attention to them?
After all, it’s not their fault they don’t come pre-programed to know all of life’s lessons. That is what your job is as a parent – to teach, to mold, to guide. As a parent you need to ask yourself – do you want your child to grow up as a leader, a follower, or a tantrum thrower? The choice is more yours than it is theirs.