Hot Topic (7/4): Are today's kids "ruder than ever"?
From MSNBC.MSN.com: (Real full article here)
Many experts say todayâ€™s kids are ruder than ever. And it may have something to do with popular parenting movements focusing on self-esteem and the generation thatâ€™s embracing them: Generation X, or those born between 1965 and 1977.
On paper, it doesnâ€™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 childrenâ€™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 todayâ€™s parents are so fixated on their children's emotional well-being that theyâ€™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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Do you think today's kids are ruder than ever? Have you encountered a rude child?