Friday, May 08, 2009

Kids Today - Rude Individuals???

Thought this was an interesting article....

Secure Kids or Rudest Kids in History?


I know I certainly think about how my children are perceived by others and try my hardest to make sure they aren't inconsiderate of others. So I don't want to be roped into this Gen X generalization, but I do know some examples of kids where this completely rings true.

Talk amongst yourselves......

4 comments:

Mama said...

In my 10 years experience as a public school employee I have found that rude kids are the norm, and kind, well-mannered children the exception. Sigh. I have many theories as to why...

Katie said...

I actually agree with this article, but not necessarily the "Gen X" label. Kids can be rude and I admire parents who can drop everything and anything to discipline their child.

But what to do when your child is acting up and you are really trying to discipline them and teach them manners? That's what this Gen X'er is worrying about! When will my child get it????

Erika said...

ITA, K, I don't like the complete generalization this article gives to Gen Xers b/c I know how important good behavior and good manners are to me. But I think you're being too hard on yourself b/c I think the fact that you even care and worry about your kids' behavior shows that you are on the opposite side. You know as well as I do that kids are always better behaved when you're out and about and all the times I've been around your kids, I always have thought they are really nice kids. No kid is perfect but you just keep trying and that is half the battle. They'll get it - at least we hope. Right?

I also don't like how this article generalizes baby boomers as parents w/o time b/c all they did was work and get divorced.

Oh and the other thing is that even if kids are brats now it doesn't mean they won't be okay adults. I remember lots of kids I didn't like when I was a kid and now those people are grown up and are decent adults. :)

BJ said...

I agree with you Erika, I don't think I like how this article generalizes. I know plenty of parents our age who are very conscious of their child's behavior and their treatment of others. I think that what we are seeing are parents trying to find a balance with the understanding that kids need to have good self esteem, it is time to question some of the norms of society, but do this all without disregarding others. No generation is perfect, but I don't feel that the parenting I see is wrong, it is just different and that alone can cause others to think it is wrong.