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So, another thing slightly related to this, is that to some, Kids seem like they are being treated like they are made of glass and can't take a mild injury or two without a parent panicking.
Is this true, as well?
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That does seem to be happening. Possibly because the increase of horrific stories that get splashed all over the media, and possibly because they remember their parents being more concerned with their well being? I know my mom wasn't a super-helicopter mom like some, but she still took me to the doctor when I fell out of a tree, and to the ER one time when I apparently only had a bad stomach bug.
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If I may, I believe there's a shift in the way parents educate their children, more than anything else. I don't think children are that different altogether.
Discipline and authority are identified as oppressive now so I suppose that may indeed transpire in the way children behave.
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Related to that, I suppose, are the many people who think even the slightest hint of anything unpleasant will harm children.
While I wouldn't let my kids see horrific violence or incredibly adult programs, kids have a natural love of gross things, so why don't you let them have it?
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If kids are worse-behaved than usual, it's because parents don't have the time to teach otherwise and teachers are hamstrung on enforcing any useful discipline. These are both caused primarily by local and extreme current events that have little to do with the kids themselves.
That said, "kids these days" is a tired cliche for a reason — a centuries-long one.
edited 16th Feb '14 9:32:40 PM by Pykrete
I have met elderly folks who seem to feel that kids (even kids they don't know) who don't smile, doff their caps, and offer them their seats are somehow being horribly rude. So the charge of "these kids today is brats" is always a hard one to either judge effectively or take seriously.
I mean, compared to 60 years ago, we're ALL ruder. Standards of behavior change.