Friday, October 9, 2009

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it. ~Haim Ginott

Isn't it interesting how you hear older parents say that this generation "is lost" or "needs saving"?    

While we all know this has been said about every generation by the previous one (Adam and Eve probably said this about Cain and Able)--you rarely here these folks accept responsibility for this "situation".

How can you say "I think I'm a good parent, better than my own, at least" and then blame your childrens' generation for their own woes?  Sure, you can be the best parent you can be and there'd be no guarantee your child will be the best behaved.  Likewise, some of the most well-mannered folks were raise by some, shall we say, less than stellar parents.

The reality is you have to do the best you can with what you have and be thankful for what (and who) you have; and hope and pray that your children turn out well.  

If this generation does need saving, it is not going to be by a previous generation who has thrown up its hands and turned a blind eye to the challange.  I say that is the generation in need of saving.

1 comment:

  1. I think part of the problem is that we rely on others to fix the problem when we should be rising to the challenge ourselves. Too many times were strive to be better than the last generation, but not in the ways that count. The more 'material' things we give our children doesn't make you a better parent. Unconditional love, acceptance of all and the ability to care for ourselves and others are more important than the latest Guitar Hero or Xbox.