Sunday, August 28, 2016

Let Kids Be Kids

Reading Tim Martin's column in the Times- Standard today, it reads like he grew up much as I did: pretty much left to do his thing, unless he got too out of hand. Ahhhh... back in the day, when I used to walk a couple miles to junior high school, yet I have an inlaw that drives her kids just a few blocks to school. Back when kids were allowed to be kids.

On weekends friends and I would get on our bikes- no helmets- and ride miles out of town, then sneak onto Irvine Company land to go explore their reservoirs. Nowadays, parents would probably have the police at their door for allowing such unsupervised activities.

What went wrong, as Martin asks: 

  Why are things so different today? Maybe parents in the 1950s didn’t have time to helicopter over their offspring like they do now. Or maybe expectations were greater for children who grew up to become Baby Boomers. More than likely, though, the problem is tied into our “politically correct” culture. Today’s parents freak out if their child accidentally breaks a window or is involved in an innocent schoolyard scuffle. They’ve become so obsessed with what’s appropriate and socially acceptable that it’s taken over their lives and the lives of their children.

Funny reading that from a lefty, but nice to see and I'm sure many of us wonder what went wrong. Maybe we just worry too much?


At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please. You could just as easily say "Todays parents DONT freak out when their child uses violence, laughs at horror and killing, thinks nothing of others welfare nor their feelings." Face it, some parents overdo it, some clearly under-teach their kids. But trying to tie everything YOU dont like to a political 'side' is foolish and helps no one. We need to all grow up and look at individuals, not what the media tells us to be afraid of this week.

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is refreshing, I agree. Good to see PC getting a second take. Maybe now the true violence will be discussed & stopped.


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