Commenter Teresa posed interesting questions today:
“[Raising children] takes more time, discipline, and maturity than it once did.”
Why is this so? Are parents doing all the things, chores, obligations, responsibilities that growing children maybe/could/should do? I think the better question is are today’s parents, no matter what social class, mature themselves?
Why aren’t parents disciplining children, instead of pampering them? Why aren’t their children cutting grass, washing clothes, vacuuming, dusting, making their beds, hanging up their clothes, shoveling snow? Why are today’s Gen-X parents, the prior baby-boomer parents, some Millenial parents doing for their children what their children can do for themselves?
Why aren’t these children at age 15, 16, etc. getting part-time jobs, and being taught how to manage their money? Why are children for the last 50 years treated like hot-house plants? Why are parents running themselves ragged, when their children could be of significant help in maintaining a home? What better way to grow tomorrow’s parents, than by having our children learn to manage a home themselves?