Today some of my co-workers and I were discussing how families and family values have changed over the years. I’m not that old (even if my nieces think otherwise LOL), and I have noticed a huge difference in how families operate these days. When I was growing up, we had supper together every night, at the table. Not in front of the TV, not reading a book or the paper, not in our own rooms. We ate, we chatted about our days at work and school, and we shared clean-up duties.
I see a lot of families now that eat on the run, eat in front of the TV, or that eat on their own, independent of each other. How on earth can that foster communication between family members? How will you know what’s going on in your parents’/kids’ lives otherwise? Too many kids seem to be adrift in society . . . no anchor in their home life to keep them stable, and no values coming down from parents.
I’m not a parent, so commenting on parenting techniques is just going to sound lame and out of place. I get that. But it drives me crazy to see kids (of all ages) hanging out at bus stops, in parks or at the mall. No supervision, and nobody to answer to. Kids texting frantically, desperate for the next piece of gossip or celebrity news. Why aren’t they at home, learning about household chores or spending time with their family? What good can come from hanging out with no distinct purpose?
You know what scares me? The fact that I’m a young person and yet most people would think that I sound ultra-conservative and like a fuddy-duddy. It’s so frustrating!
And that’s my rant for the day 😉