History repeats

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Socrates

ummm….Socrates lived about 2500 years ago (469  – 399 BCE), and yet this exact phrase could be said about children today.

It strikes me crazy that in 2500 years we still think of kids the same. In a way, this floors me. I can’t imagine what the great philosopher would think of the younger generation now. Well, the younger North American culture that is. Addicted to electronics, constantly attached to a phone, sitting inside gaming on gorgeous summer days.

It’s insane.

A re-connection with nature is sorely needed. I’ve read this as fact in several places. It’s time to implement it – whether they like it or not.

Another thing too – I was talking to a friend today and she was saying how guilty she felt for being hard on her oldest child and we both agreed that parents now for some reason feel a need to be their child’s friend. I am my child’s parent, not friend.

I am my children’s parent, not friend. I am in charge of loving them and teaching them. I am in charge of caring for them and clothing them, helping them grow, and helping them to become adults eventually. I have to teach them responsibility, respect, honour and trust. I am my children’s parent, not friend. I can be an ear to listen, a shoulder to lean on, a heart to love – but that is because I am MORE than a friend, I am a parent.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Parents Just Don’t Understand

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