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Hot Topic (7/4): Are today's kids "ruder than ever"?

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Many experts say today’s kids are ruder than ever. And it may have something to do with popular parenting movements focusing on self-esteem and the generation that’s embracing them: Generation X, or those born between 1965 and 1977.

On paper, it doesn’t add up. After all, by many accounts Generation X may be the most devoted parents in American history. They are champions of "attachment parenting," the school of child-rearing that calls for a high level of closeness between parents and children, Many Gen-X parents co-sleep with their children, hold them back from entering kindergarten if they feel their children’s emotional maturity is at stake and volunteer at their kids' schools at record rates. Gen-X moms have been famously criticized by early feminists for dropping out of the workforce to care for their young children.

Yet, their kids are, well, rude. It may be that today’s parents are so fixated on their children's emotional well-being that they’re teaching them that the well-being of others is comparatively unimportant, says Dr. Philippa Gordon, a long-time pediatrician in Park Slope, Brooklyn, an urban New York neighborhood famous for its dense Gen-X parent population. . .

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by on Jul. 4, 2009 at 1:09 AM
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by on Jul. 7, 2009 at 11:31 AM

We are blessed that our kid's actually get glowing reports from neighbors, school teachers (or in the case of our home-schooled daughter, those she might see socially for different things like the Boys and Girls Club), church leaders and even family members about our kid's behavior and how polite they are. This is a HUGE necessity and a requirement for both my Dh and myself that our kids know how to behave and that they follow the conduct rules.

This is not to say that they are this way at home, however! lol ;)

It's true that kids today just in general, seem to be a lot ruder in many instances. Not all instances and there are plenty of kids out there who are being raised to be polite, courteous and respectful.

I don't think this is an issue of what TYPE of parent might be sleeping on the job. Single or married, it IS about paying attention to what your kids are doing (when you can), and keeping on top of it when the complaints start coming in. To NOT condone or excuse what their child is doing. How else is their child supposed to learn?

Plus, honestly? Kids DO learn by example. If the parents are rude and discourteous, the kids will be too.

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