Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Parents, Are We Better Equipped?

KLV being KLV
Are we better equipped than our parents at parenting?  Sometimes I wonder. 

When I was a kid it was okay to ride my bike to Suzie’s house or ride a horse without an adult around.  

Today we seem to have to worry about everything. 

Sure when I was a kid we didn’t have all the modern conveniences or advances in medicine but we did seem to have more freedom. 

Each generation adapts but I do hope my child will remember the freedom of being a kid like I did. 

What do you think; did our parents have an easier time at parenting than we do? 

7 comments:

  1. The world has just changed at such an alarming rate! I think they had a bit less to worry about...there were fewer things (internet, video games, etc) to distract from family time. We trusted our neighbors, crime wasn't what it is now. Fornunately, our kids won't know the difference...they'll grow up to know what they experienced as their "carefree" days and the world...it's just going to keep on changing.

    Love to you - my friend!

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  2. I'm not a parent yet, so who knows! But I think it's all relative. As long as you keep your values (and happiness) and instill that in your kids, I don't know if it's easier or harder, as long as the end result is to have happy, healthy people. Ya know?

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  3. Good question. But I agree, we had so much independence at a younger age than kids do today.

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  4. It did seem like they let us do more without worry...I just don't know if there are more people we can't trust or what caused the difference.

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  5. I think we know too much these days and this forces us to be more protective and inclined to shelter our children. It saddens me, but at the same time, I can't help myself most times. But to answer your question, I would have to say no. Until now, I still question my parenting sometimes and still look to how my parents did it.

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  6. Yes, it is sad that we cannot allow our children to ride their bikes through the neighborhood or even given them the opportunity to contract childhood diseases naturally. What did I just say?? I am referring to the chickenpox and mumps. My mom had the mumps when she was little and survived the mild discomfort, though she advises one to avoid eating pickles and hanging upside down off the couch while recovering from the mumps. He-he!! I guess you had to be there. Anyway, instead of letting our children build natural immunities to diseases that are usually a mild inconvenience, we overload their bodies with foreign substances. Substances about which we have minimal knowledge regarding the effects on our precious loved ones. The focus of science becomes to eradicate diseases from the population, and our job as parents is to evaluate the individual needs of our children. As you can see, I do worry about everything!! I feel we are presented with more options to worry about!!

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  7. You are right about being able to do things more freely when we were children. I do not like how children today have so much to do with all the technological stuff. What happened to playing outside and actually talking with our friends. While prgress is great in many ways, it does take away from other things that are very important. I would love to have a less stressed life for myself and my family. I dream of living on a farm. I happen to live in one of the most stressful areas, not far from Manhattan and iit is all a bit too chaotic for my inner peace. I hope you are doing well my friend!

    Mama Hen

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