I was thinking very early this morning (sleepless night) about what kids are seeing and hearing these days. Kids are little sponges! They absorb everything they see and hear. They may not completely understand but their little brains pick up everything! Some things are good, like good hygiene or healthy eating habits. Unfortunately, there are too many negative things they are picking up these days.
None of us are perfect, God knows I am not. As a parent, I did try to teach my kids to be good humans. I’m so glad they’re grown because I can’t imagine having young kids in the house right now. Being a parent is hard enough without having to wade through bullshit misinformation and bring kids through it in a healthy way.
Kids are absorbing “info” from everywhere. Once I started thinking about this, my mind was blown! Let’s think about this for a moment:
Kids today are learning that:
Bullying is acceptable. It’s ok to belittle people and call them names.
Their opinion is right and everyone else is wrong.
Rules, procedeures, and the law do not apply to them especially if they disagree.
Their rights are more important than others’ rights.
To solve problems they must yell and behave badly until they get their way.
They don’t have to be respectful.
They don’t have to be tolerant of others who are different in some way.
It’s ok to cheat and lie as long as it benefits them.
If a game (or vote) doesn’t go the way they want, then it’s ok to accuse others of cheating even if they have no proof. Poor sportsmanship is acceptable.
You Tube and Facebook are more informative and true than actual science and experts in the field!
It’s ok to threaten people’s lives if they believe something different than they do.
Can you think of anything else to add to the list? What are children learning from their parents? What are they learning from other adults in their lives? What do they pick up from the news on tv? Just watching the news for about an hour reveal all of the above. This should concern us all…